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Homecare Advocates Urge the California Legislature: Stand up to Governor
Date:1/8/2010

Don't put Californians at Risk; Don't eliminate 375,000 Jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives of more than 450,000 seniors and people with disabilities and those who care for them today urged the State Legislature to fight Gov. Schwarzenegger's mean-spirited and hypocritical proposal to destroy the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.

In his 2010-2011 spending plan released today, the governor proposes to effectively dismantle IHSS, a nationally recognized program which helps 450,000 low-income disabled, senior and blind Californians stay safely at home and avoid unnecessary, expensive and unwanted institutionalization.

Eliminating IHSS would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to provide care for thousands of Californian IHSS consumers forced into hospitals and nursing homes, which cost at least five times more than home care. Worse, many will likely not be able to find such placement and end up without the assistance they need to live safely at home.

In addition, despite his call for "jobs, jobs, jobs," in his State of the State address earlier this week, the Governor's proposal would eliminate more than 375,000 home care jobs, raising California's unemployment rate to more than 14 percent and forcing some home care workers to turn to public benefit programs for food for their children.

The Governor's 2010-2011 spending plan goes further than last year's budget proposal, which proposed throwing more than 400,000 elderly, blind and disabled Californians -- 90 percent of all IHSS recipients -- out of the program. While the Legislature firmly rejected that plan, it did vote in July for a proposal from the so-called "Big 5" -- Gov. Schwarzenegger, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, then-Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, and Republican leaders Senator Dennis Hollingsworth and Assembly Member Mike Vilines -- to eliminate or drastical
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