The mid-year budget package comes together…

The Senate and Assembly are starting to move on mid-year budget package of cuts, as reported by Shane Goldmacher in the Los Angeles Times and Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Senate budget committee moved on a mid-year budget package yesterday. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services meets this afternoon to consider elements of the Assembly package.

The worst of the health and human service cuts–like cuts to Medi-Cal and Healthy Families eligibility and benefits–look like they are being deferred to the bigger budget fight later this year, in deciding the 2010-11 budget. This doesn’t mean these programs are safe, merely that the day of reckoning is delayed for a few months. Health and human service advocates need to stay vigilant through the next week of negotiation around a mid-year package, and need to continue our work through May Revise and the spring-summer negotiations.

We’ll keep you posted from today’s budget hearing this afternoon.

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