Senior Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

Resolution Number SAC09.80

Senior Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

WHEREAS, seniors sixty years of age or older are among the most vulnerable citizens in our country with little opportunity to increase their income; and

WHEREAS, an increase in the Cost-of-Living Adjustments in Social Security helps seniors cope with inflation, it may also cause tremendous hardship to many seniors by eliminating their eligibility for important programs, such as food stamps, housing subsidies and health care benefits on which they depend to provide food, shelter, and medical services; and

WHEREAS, seniors living near or below the poverty level should be protected from being disqualified from entitlement programs when they are granted automatic Cost-of-Living Adjustments in their Social Security payments because they suffer from poverty even with the help of Social Security and other entitlement benefits;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,
that the California Democratic Party urges legislators at the local, state and national levels to protect seniors by adjusting the qualification criteria for entitlements to make them commensurate with the rise in the cost-of-living allowance in Social Security.

Submitted by JR Rose, Wendy Pollitz, Rachel Binah, Val Muchowski, Sheri Hanson,
Jeff Tyrell, Ginger Pohlson, Kenny Jowers (Authors) & Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee

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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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