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Governor Schwarzenegger and state legislators failed to reach a compromise last night, as Califronia began the 2009-10 fiscal year without a budget deal.

According to John Myers at Capitol Notes, the  $3.3 billion in missed education savings from last night’s vote is now being estimated as adding another $8 billion to the state budget woes, due to Prop 98 requirements.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the new deficit number will be roughly $26.3 billion, about $2 billion higher than the governor’s May budget. State Controller John Chiang will start issuing IOUs in the form of registered warrants to state vendors; these warrants will not be redeemable until October 1st, and only if the State has enough cash to cover the amount of the warrants. Medi-Cal providers are listed as receiving regular warrants which can be redeemed immediately. For more information on the IOUs, check out the Controller’s FAQ Page here.

The Governor declared a new state of fiscal emergency earlier today and  launched another special session. Online now is a new July Revision that includes new budget solutions, in addition to those included in the May Revision.

The May Revision originally included more than $80 million in cuts to HIV programs. The status of the Budget Committee’s compromise package– which includes a significantly reduced set of reductions to HIV programs– remains unclear.

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Thanks to everyone who’s making the trek up to Sacramento to raise their voices against the life-threatening cuts to HIV programs. We’ve been hard at work these last few days to ensure that the event is a success. The buses from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other areas have all been filled. Other resourceful people are carpooling to the Capitol, while others are staging their own protests in their own cities, such as in San DiegoSan Francisco and Palm Springs.

It’s important that we keep fighting these harmful attempts to cut state HIV programs. If you haven’t already, call your state Assemblymember or Senator. Tell them how the cuts will personally impact you or someone you know. Urge them to oppose cuts to life-saving medications, HIV prevention programs, HIV testing, and all the other programs.

Your voice can make a difference!

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L.A. Bus Update

Thanks to everyone who’s volunteered to travel to Sacramento to protest the HIV budget cuts!

For those who are traveling from Los Angeles, we’ve already filled up the buses and have now started a wait list for those still interested. To sign up for the wait list, call 213-639-6716.

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As we get closer to the big demonstration in Sacramento, we just wanted to give you a few tips about protesting at the California Capitol.

Apart from the obvious (no weapons, no hazardous waste dumping, no alcohol and no fires allowed), there are some rules to follow at our June 10th Rally that the Capitol police will enforce:

  • Keep it short: Signs, posters, placards, and banners  are not to exceed thirty inches in size — I think that means 30” x 30”. Please note that sign handles can be only 18” long.
  • Don’t plant it :  Signs, posters, placards, and banners  must be hand-carried and not stuck in the ground or taped/stapled to buildings or trees, AND the signs can’t impede pedestrians visiting the capitol.
  • Keep it clean:  Please pick up trash!  This is an all-volunteer operation and we can’t afford to hire a clean-up crew! Our permit requires that we ensure that grounds are left clean after the event. We will be charged for any clean up required.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the protest on Wednesday!

WHAT OUR JUNE 10th RALLY TO STOP THE HIV CUTS PERMIT REQUIRES:

Apart from the obvious (no weapons, no hazardous waste dumping, no alcohol and no fires allowed), there are some rules to follow at our June 10th Rally that the Capitol police will enforce:

  • Keep it short: SIGNS, POSTERS, PLACARDS, BANNERSare not to exceed thirty inches in size” — I think that means 30” x 30”, AND please note that sign handles can be only 18” long.

  • Don’t stick it anywhere: SIGNS, POSTERS, PLACARDS, BANNERS MUST BE HAND-CARRIED and not stuck in the ground or taped/stapled to buildings or trees, AND the signs can’t impede pedestrians visiting the capitol.

  • Keep it clean: TRASHPLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOURSELVES!!! This is an all-volunteer operation and we can’t afford to hire a clean-up crew! Our permit requires that we ensure that grounds are left clean after the event. We will be charged for any clean up required.

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We’ve had some great responses from lots of people who want to join the protest in Sacramento on June 10th. What we need now are local coordinators to help get people organized and establish carpools and other methods of travel.

If you have been on the advocacy calls this past week and are willing to take the lead as an organizer in your area, please contact Ruel at rnolledo@apla.org. We’ll list you on the blog (see the right hand column).

Thanks to everyone for being a part of the fight!

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Buses have been secured for individuals in Los Angeles who want to travel to Sacramento on June 10th for the Stop The HIV Cuts rally. To reserve a spot on the bus, please call 213.639.6709 or email saveourlivescaliforniahiv@gmail.com.  Please RSVP before June 6!

For more details, check out the flyer here. We need a really big turnout to convince legislators to reject these devastating cuts. Please sign up today!

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