Update and Call for Action – We Are You!!
The Joint Budget Committee is working to complete the Legislative version of the Budget, which will then pass into the hands of the big three, the Governor, Senator DeLeon and Assembly Woman Atkins to hammer out the final deal. Our voices have been heard and were raised again during the DS Task Force Committee meeting today, by members of the committee and during the Public Comment section of the meeting. Secretary Dooley, acknowledged the challenges of the Health and Human Services system and lack of identified revenue for our services as a challenge and the Governor has made his proposal and is awaking the budget from the Legislature. We must continue our action; it is time for the big push including the Governor, the Senate Pro Tem and the Speaker to get support for our community.
The message is:
Our community needs stabilization support of all services, so that we can begin the transition being required by the Federal Government by 2019. Therefore, we support the Assembly’s proposed budget increase of 10% over 2 years (we still believe we need the 10% today), with the call for immediate action with the first 5% increase being effective July 1st, 2015 rather than January 1st, 2016. Any delay in providing stabilization funding to community services and regional centers will continue to push the system further over the edge. We need immediate help!
We also support the Senate’s proposed trailer bill language to require DDS to report to the Legislature by January 2016 proposed rate and structural reforms to promote a long-term stable system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. As well as the Senate’s proposed trailer bill language to require to shift the savings from the closures of Developmental Centers to the Community instead of back into the State’s General Fund.
Your actions have been heard, every member who spoke talked of the calls and messages (tweets, facebook, etc) there office has received. We need to continue that messaging, saying we heard them discuss it in committee, but we are watching their actions as it moves forward. Please call or fax a note to the members below or make a post on their facebook page, like other posts that tell our message. Keep spreading the word. You are making a difference.
|Assembly Member||Position||Capitol Office Phone||Fax Number|
|Shirley Weber||Budget Comm Chair||(916) 319-2079||(916) 319-2179|
|Melissa Melendez||Budget Comm Vice Chair||(916) 319-2067||(916) 319-2167|
|Chris Holden||Majority Leader||(916) 319-2041||(916) 319-2141|
|Kristin Olsen||Minority Leader||(916) 319-2012||(916) 319-2112|
|Senator||Position||Capitol Office Phone||Fax Number|
|Mark Leno||Budget Comm Chair||(916) 651-4011||(916) 651-4911|
|Jim Nielsen||Budget Comm Vice Chair||(916) 651-4004||(916) 651-4904|
|Bob Huff||Minority Leader||(916) 651-4029||(916) 651-4929|
|Big Three||Position||Capitol Office Phone||Fax Number|
|Jerry Brown||Governor||(916) 445-2841||(916) 558-3160|
|Toni Atkins||Speaker||(916) 319-2078||(916) 319-2178|
|Kevin de Leon||President Pro Tem||(916) 651-4024||(916) 651-4924|