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Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Senate and Assembly Budget Agreement

On behalf of the over 118,000 IHSS caregivers we represent, I want to thank the Senate and Assembly for coming to a budget agreement that rejects the harmful cuts to IHSS and other programs serving seniors and people with disabilities proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revision. By protecting important programs that allow people to live at home in safety and with dignity, the legislature has forged a path through our current crisis that will lead to better outcomes for those who are already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Thanks to the outstanding leadership of Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell and Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, we are set to avoid the mistakes of the past, when other administrations balanced budgets on the backs of those who could least withstand it. We look forward to working with the leaders of both houses and Governor Newsom to find just, equitable, and humane solutions to California’s budget crisis.

Doug Moore
UDW Executive Director