Chad Deal 9 a.m., March 14
Group to Protest State Health Spending Cuts
A group of patients, public sector workers, and community members led by Raul Carranza, a local student suffering from muscular dystrophy, have announced plans to gather at the state administration building at 1350 Front Street downtown tomorrow at noon to protest a proposal from governor Jerry Brown to cut $2.5 billion from the state’s health and human services budget. A release from organizers points out that $15 billion has already been cut since 2008.
We reported on Tuesday that while 51% of likely voters say they oppose a cuts package that includes the health cuts and 49% say they’re willing to pay more in taxes to protect the budget, only 19% identified health and human services funding as the most important area to avoid reductions in spending.
Patients, caretakers, and labor organizers will speak on the need to provide sufficient funding for health care, particularly in-home support services, which provides care to approximately 300,000 patients statewide and employs a similar number of care providers.
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