Schwarzenegger Expected To Compromise on Plan To Reduce In-Home Workers’ Wages
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is "expected to retreat, at least partly," from a proposal to reduce the amount the state contributes to wages for workers who provide services to the elderly, blind and disabled, the Sacramento Bee reports (Bluth/Maxwell, Sacramento Bee, 6/23). In his revised May fiscal year 2004-2005 state budget, Schwarzenegger proposed reducing in-home workers' wages to the state minimum wage rate. The Schwarzenegger administration said that the proposed wage cut would save the state about $98 million. After private talks with the governor last week, Democratic legislative leaders said they were confident that some funding for the program would be restored (California Healthline, 6/15). According to the Bee, budget negotiations are still three to four days away from being resolved (Sacramento Bee, 6/23).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.