Oppose Governor Schwarzenegger's Cuts To Children, Seniors and the Disabled in the 2009-2010 California State Budget

Resolution Number SAC09.44

Oppose Governor Schwarzenegger's Cuts To Children, Seniors and the Disabled in the 2009-2010 California State Budget

WHEREAS, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed State Budget for 2009-2010 cuts 230,000 children from the state's CalWorks program, which provides general assistance to the state's most impoverished children and, in many cases, the adults who care for them; cuts In-Home Supportive Services by $257.6 million, dropping 81,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities from the program; cuts $1.324 billion in SSI grant payments which helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities meet basic living expenses; and cuts California's public schools, which serve 5.9 million students, by $5.2 billion - a reduction of $875 per student; and

WHEREAS, the 2009 California Democratic Party Platform supports a "guaranteed Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for CalWorks and SSI/SSP recipients in state and federal budgets,” “increased, stable funding, and expansion of service hours that are provided the clients for In-Home Supportive Services,” states that “Democrats will fight to set per-student public education funding at a minimum of $1,000 per student above the national average,” and pledges to "fight for public assistance programs which allow individuals to support themselves and their families;” and

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party has historically supported programs which provide for the basic human needs of all Californians and recognizes cuts to the state's social services and public education as a cruel attempt to balance the state budget on the backs of the poor;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party expresses very strong opposition to the Governor's proposed cuts to the CalWorks program, SSI, In-Home Supportive Services and Education, and programs which service the elderly, disabled and children who are most vulnerable in our state; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party sends a copy of this resolution to the Democratic Delegation in the California State Legislature.

Submitted by Susie Shannon (Author), Ilene Haber, John Heaner, Patricia J. Sulpizio,
Charles Igwe (Partial List)

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Adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee of California
AKA "California Democratic Party"
At its Annual State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2009

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