Senator Holly J. Mitchell blocks cuts to King Hospital and other safety net programs

May 28, 2020

 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell blocks cuts to King Hospital and other safety net programs

 

Sacramento- Today the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, led by Chair, Senator Holly J. Mitchell,  voted on the Senate version of the 2020-2021 budget as the June 15, 2020 deadline approaches. The Governor put forth a reasonable proposal that the Senate built upon, taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our current economy. With this challenge at hand, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, worked tirelessly on a Senate version of the budget to keep California on solid footing as the state enters difficult economic times, all while prioritizing  values and the most vulnerable populations.

 

Senator Mitchell started Thursday’s hearing with a moment of silence for those plagued by both the virus and ignorance before introducing the Senate’s proposal.

 

“Although we worked with an abbreviated timeframe the integrity and responsibility of our proposal has been maintained. Everyone has stepped up to the plate to make sure we do not make conditions worse. The Administration had a tough job, working with a $54 billion shortfall; we used their proposal with a couple of key differences. We still have a lot of work to do but we are aware the June 15 budget deadline will not be our last action this year due to the ongoing devastating impacts of COVID-19.”

  

“The Senate was able to identify funding sources to protect critical safety net programs. We do not think providers who help those who are developmentally disabled, IHSS providers, child care providers, the K-14 sector, health and dental care services for the poor, CalWORKS and affordable housing should experience cuts in funding as proposed in the Governor’s budget. I also fought to protect Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, by pushing back against the cuts proposed in the Governor’s budget. South LA relies on MLKH to keep them alive. I know if the proposed cuts were made, it would result in advanced disease, poor outcomes and higher mortality rates throughout South LA.”

 

Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. She represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. More information about Sen. Mitchell can be found at https://sd30.senate.ca.gov