In Treasurer Lockyer’s letter, he urges the legislature to undo some of the cuts, in particularly dental and home care:
I am deeply concerned about all of these consequences, both fiscal and human. In particular, I believe two programmatic cuts will produce harmful consequences that greatly outweigh any savings. Slashing $200 million in State funds for optional dental benefits and the minimum pay guarantee for in-home supportive services workers targets people who most need OUf help. I consider the suffering that would be caused by these particular cuts to be both severe and compelling. Further, the effect of these reductions would be greatly amplified by the fact the State would forego additional Federal matching and ovennatching funds. For these reasons, I strongly urge the Governor and Legislature to reconsider at least these two programmatic cuts before they take effect on July 1.