On May 19th Californians will vote on a series of ballot propositions resulting from a budget deal negotiated between legislators and the Governor.
The most harmful of the measures is Proposition 1A.
Proposition 1A creates an arbitrary limit on state spending, putting the state on autopilot with cuts as the only solution.
Communities of color, who are less likely to have health insurance through their employer and who represent almost three-quarters of Medi-Cal and Healthy Families recipients, will feel the brunt of the cuts if Proposition 1A passes.
Proposition 1A also gives the governor unilateral power to make budget cuts without the approval of the legislature.
All of this in exchange for a mere two years of temporary tax increases, which won't take effect until 2011!
Two other measures will divert money from local health programs to back-fill the state's budget deficit.
Proposition 1D will divert First 5 tobacco tax funds that currently provide health insurance to children who would not otherwise be able to get coverage.
Proposition 1E will reduce funding to county programs that serve people with mental illnesses.
Please vote no on Props 1A, 1D, and 1E!