San Francisco Budget Talks Center on Health Care Funds
A San Francisco supervisor on Tuesday introduced an amendment to Mayor Gavin Newsom's (D) budget proposal that would cut funding for several new programs and reallocate some of the money to restore funding for AIDS services and psychiatric beds at a hospital, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chris Daly, chair of the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, proposed to cut $37 million in new programs from the mayor's budget proposal and replace it with $37 million in programs proposed by Daly.
Daly's amendment would provide:
- $4 million to cover a loss in federal funding the city receives to provide AIDS services; and
- $1 million to maintain psychiatric beds at San Francisco General Hospital.
The Budget Committee next Wednesday will consider the amendment, which is co-sponsored by Supervisor Tom Ammiano.
Newsom in response to the amendment said, "It is the worst kind of election-year politics and terrible public policy" (Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6/6). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.