You hear it too often in Washington, and we’re just plain sick of it.
“We have to cut programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the federal deficit.”
We are alerting you because these programs are of vital importance to most IHSS providers and their clients. If Medicaid is cut it will impact IHSS homecare as well as medical care for IHSS clients. And of course many of you are also affected by Social Security and Medicare. Read the rest of this entry »
As a result of massive spending cuts in the last two years and new temporary revenue provided by Proposition 30, California no longer faces a budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year. This is a dramatic improvement from just two years ago, when the budget deficit was estimated at $26.6 billion. On January 10, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a balanced budget for FY 2013-2014 that entails $97.7 billion in General Fund expenditures (an increase of 5% from the current year) and $98.5 billion in General Fund revenue (an increase of 3.3% from the current year). It creates a $1 billion reserve fund and pays down $4.2 billion in budget-related debt. State debt at the end of the current fiscal year (FY 12-13) is expected to be under $28 billion, down from $34.7 billion in FY 10-11.
Importantly, under current projections, the budget is expected to remain balanced in future years. The Governor’s proposed budget reflects an improving economic forecast in California, fueled in part by real estate conditions, job growth, and consumer attitudes. Existing home sales and median home prices have increased since 2011. The state gained an average of 21,200 jobs per month in the first eleven months of 2012, and the budget predicts non-farm employment to grow 2.1 percent in 2013, 2.4 percent in 2014, and 2.5 percent in 2015. At this predicted rate of job growth, jobs lost during the recession should be recovered by mid-2015. However, the Governor warns that this positive economic outlook could be threatened in the future by federal fiscal challenges and rising health care costs. Read the rest of this entry »
In “Boehnerville,” with cuts to vital services, it’s a NOT so wonderful life.
House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans have announced a “Plan B,” to be voted on this week, to end the Bush tax cuts for everyone making $1 million or more. But his “Plan B” is really “Plan BS.” Click here to take immediate action
Americans want an economy that works for everyone. Some in Congress didn’t get the message and want to reduce the deficit by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, rather than make the wealthiest 2 percent pay their fair share.
Next Wednesday, December 5th, AFSCME is joining in a national day of action where citizens across the country will send a message to their members of Congress:
Make the wealthy pay their fair share – end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% but continue tax cuts for the middle class.