Chair of Assembly Human Services Responds to the State of the State

January 09, 2007
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Sacramento - Assembly Member Jim Beall, Jr., Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, responding to the annual State of the State Address, said, "I want to thank the Governor for the spirit of bipartisanship in which the health care proposal was delivered yesterday, but I must caution that bipartisanship only works when we can agree on the problems we have to solve and the urgency of solving them."

Assembly Member Beall continued, "Fixing California's broken health care system is our top priority, but not on the backs of our most vulnerable populations - children and seniors. We need new and innovative ideas to find money to provide health care to the uninsured, not an embarrassing proposal that cuts a successful program like CalWorks and takes food and shelter from poor kids to pay for health care. This is like making Stone Soup. It covers everything but everyone still starves to death."

"Why would the Governor want to make children homeless?" asked Beall. "Last year, in an election year, we all agreed to start a program to increase worker participation. Now, after the election, the Administration is moving from the center to the right. I hesitate to think of what is coming when the Governor releases his budget after the CalWorks cuts that he proposed yesterday."