The Ventura County Star reported today that state Democratic leaders are willing to dip into the state rainy-day fund in order to alleviate the worst cuts, including those to HIV programs.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said earlier today that paring back the reserve to around $1 billion, will help prevent the state from having to borrow nearly $2 billion in property taxes from cities and counties. Dipping into the rainy-day reserve will also allow the state to maintain trimmed-down programs that provide welfare-to-work assistance for poor mothers, health insurance for children from low- and moderate-income families, college grants for low-income students and life-prolonging assistance for those infected with the HIV virus.
“We will not eliminate CalGrants, will not eliminate CalWORKs, will not eliminate health insurance for children, will not virtually eliminate In-Home Supportive Services,” Steinberg said. “We’re not going to decimate programs that save people’s lives in the HIV/AIDS area.”
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