Governor: Cut $272 Million from Central Valley’s disabled
February 6, 2009
• Proposed budget cuts impact 234,170
• Part of effort to balance the state budget
Cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) grants to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in the Central Valley would total $272,839,000 and impact 234,170 people, according to figures from the California Budget Project.
The money is used by the elderly and disabled to meet basic living expenses.
Mr. Schwarzenegger proposes to reduce SSI/SSP grants to the minimum level required by federal law effective May 1 and to suspend the June 2010 state cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for SSI/SSP grants.
Together the cuts would eliminate $1.324 billion in grant payments to more than 1.3 million Californians between May 2009 and June 2010.
In addition, the governor proposes to eliminate the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), which provides state-funded cash assistance to more than 10,000 elderly and/or disabled legal immigrants who are not eligible for SSI/SSP payments due to their immigration status, for additional state savings of $149.6 million between May 2009 and June 2010.
Central Valley cuts are proposed as follows. The list shows first the number of people directly impacted and then the amount.
• Butte: 11,530 people; $11,729,000
• Fresno: 43,540 people; $46,526,000
• Kern: 34,310 people; $33,943,000
• Kings: 5,130 people; $4,792,000
• Madera: 5,130 people; $4,831,000
• Sacramento: 63,590 people; $78,728,000
• San Joaquin: 29,890 people; $31,613,000
• Stanislaus: 21,800 people; $23,780,000
• Merced: 11,550 people; $11,733,000
• Tulare: 20,070 people; $18,788,000
• Yolo: 5,630 people; $6,376,000
The governor’s proposal is part of his plan to balance the state budget.
The governor and legislative leaders remain in secret talks on a fix for the current year’s budget and a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
There was a flash of hope for resolution of the months-old impasse Thursday when Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D–Sacramento, said that “by next week, there will be action” on the floors of the Assembly and Senate on a budget solution.