Concerns About Governorís Budget
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Sonora, CA -- Tuolumne County's CAO feels there are pros and cons associated with Governor Jerry Brown's May-revised budget proposal.
Craig Pedro says he is pleased to see that the Governor is proposing that more money be allocated to the AB-109 prisoner realignment program. AB-109 has put more responsibility on the county Probation Department and Sheriff's Office to monitor low-level criminal offenders.
However, the county's Public Health budget could take a hit as part of the budget. Pedro says it is because of the state's expansion of Medi-Cal, stemming from changes made via the federal Affordable Care Act. Tuolumne County's Public Health budget could lose $624,000 next fiscal year, $1.9 million the following year, and $2.7 million by year three.
Pedro says this money has been used to benefit core public health programs, and jail inmate health. "This could be a huge gaping hole in our public health funding and services," he adds.
It is noted that the Governor's budget proposal is preliminary and is subject to change.
Written by BJ Hansen
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