During a midday press conference, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2011-12 State Budget as well as a dozen trailer bills that contain $11.2 billion in cuts to state services and programs. These cuts were laid out by the Governor in January and said to be necessary to close the state’s $26.4 billion deficit.

CALCASA and our partners at the Capitol worked diligently to ensure rape crisis centers will continue to receive funding throughout the next fiscal year. We advocated the Legislature avoid the same situation in 2010 where 100-day budget impasse led to centers around the state to reduce service and advocate hours, take out lines of credit, and use precious savings in order to continue serving the public.
In the end, the Legislature and the Governor passed and signed the 2011-12 State Budget that includes the federal pass-through money utilized by the centers across the state.
The Governor and legislative leaders continue to negotiate a compromise to eliminate redevelopment agencies and put a proposed five-year tax extension on a June Special Election ballot. CALCASA will keep our members and the public apprised of the current negotiations and how they will affect survivors.
If you have questions about CALCASA’s advocacy regarding the budget, please contact Phillip@calcasa.org.