MAY BUDGET REVISION FALLS SHORT IN ADDRESSING ROOTS OF POVERTY CRISIS; LEAVES ELDERLY & DISABLED VULNERABLE

Sacramento, CA – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California issued the following statement from President Laphonza Butler today following the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his fiscal year 2015-16 budget proposal:

“SEIU California’s 700,000 members share a goal of investing in the prosperity of the next generation; unfortunately, the Governor’s budget neglects building ladders out of poverty so that all Californians can share in our economic recovery.

“Putting money into the pockets of the poorest taxpayers through an Earned Income Tax Credit is long overdue, and it is real progress, but with one in four Californians living in poverty, our solutions must be more comprehensive. We have to address the critical shortfall of child care that forces parents to choose between going to work or leaving kids unattended. We need to stabilize low-wage jobs like child care and home care in the caregiving economy so the moms and women of color who do them can provide a stable upbringing for their own children.

“And in the wealthiest state in the nation, putting our kids on a path to success must not be accomplished by sacrificing the safety and health of their grandparents and their brothers and sisters with disabilities, or keeping the people who care for them in poverty. When California implemented a 7% cut to the hours of care people with disabilities and elderly Californians count on, it did so without regard to professional assessments of the care needed for these members of our communities to live safely at home. California can do better. We can and should restore all of the care that people need, regardless of funding source.”

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SEIU local unions in California are made up of over 700,000 health care workers, janitors, social workers, nurses, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees.

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