The In-Home Supportive Services program provides care to more than 450 thousand elderly and disabled Californians. But program supporters say care would be compromised under a proposal in Governor Jerry Brown’s budget.
Brown wants to limit IHSS workers to 40 hours a week, and prohibit overtime. A pool of temporary caregivers would take up the slack.
Mary Burch is certified to care for her 40-year-old developmentally disabled daughter and is paid through IHSS.
“I do everything for her. She can’t use the microwave, cut her own food, bath independently or even dial 911 without assistance,” Burch said. “She has seizures, which means she has to be watched 24/7.”
Burch said if she’s not allowed to work overtime she may lose her house.
The Brown administration says a change in federal law would require home care workers to be paid time-and-a-half for overtime. That could cost California $600 million a year.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
Governor Jerry Brown has landed a big win in court. The three judge panel overseeing state prisons has given the Brown Administration an additional two years to downsize the inmate population by another 5,000 inmates.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.