Governor Newsom’s budget falls short on Long-term Care Services for California Seniors and People with Disabilities
Scott Mann, email@example.com
May 9, 2019 (Sacramento, CA) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 – representing 385,000 long term care workers across the state, released the following statement from President April Verrett after Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised budget proposal for 2019-2020:
“When running for Governor, Gavin Newsom made a commitment to prioritize the long-term care needs of California’s aging population when elected. Unfortunately, his first opportunity to do so as Governor falls short.
“Rather than permanently restoring cuts made by then Governor Schwarzenegger to vital care hours provided to low-income seniors and people with disabilities through the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, Governor Newsom’s revised budget reflects a ‘kick the can down the road’ approach through a temporary restoration of hours – ultimately leaving our most vulnerable residents in limbo by not knowing if the lifeline care they rely on will be cut.
“The members of SEIU Local 2015, along with seniors, people with disabilities, and community partners will fight to hold Governor Newsom accountable to his word by ensuring that the hours of care required by our parents, grandparents and loved ones with disabilities are made fully available to them.”
Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest union in California.