California lawmakers introduce bill to bring $1 billion to community clinics

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$1 BILLION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS?

California lawmakers have introduced a bill they say would guarantee $1 billion to help struggling community clinics in the state.

Sen. Bob HertzbergD-Van Nuys and Member of Parliament Wendy CarrilloD-Los Angeles, came together to defend SB 1014that would allocate $400 million in public funds and secure even more federal funding to invest in community clinics.

“Health care for millions of Californians is at stake if we don’t support our state’s community health clinics,” Hertzberg said in a statement. “Our march toward universal health coverage depends on community clinics in California and the coming wave of new patients covered by Medical demands that we invest the necessary resources to take care of them. I am proud to lead this effort in the Legislative Assembly to ensure that communities of color and low-income families in our state are not left behind.

California has more than 800 federally licensed health centers operated by more than 180 public and nonprofit groups to serve underserved communities and those without health insurance.

According to the Hertzberg office, more than 70% of community health center patients are people of color, while half are Latino and more than half fall 100% below the federal poverty level.

“Every Californian — regardless of salary, birthplace, or zip code — deserves access to quality, timely health care. Our community clinics make that possible. We can’t turn our backs on them. and the communities they serve and fight for them day in and day out,” Carrillo said in a statement. “When we talk about our community clinics in crisis, we talk about the health care of low-income communities of color in I am honored to stand with clinic workers, leaders and patients and champion the Commit to Community Care plan in the Legislative Assembly.

PRESIDENT SCIL PRESENTS FOR LEGISLATURE

Social compassion in legislation founder and president Judie Mancuso wants to move from sponsoring bills to drafting them.

Mancuso recently announced that she is running for the new redistricting Assembly District 72, which covers parts of Orange County. Mancuso’s group has a history of successfully sponsoring animal welfare legislation, and Mancuso said in a statement that she intends to continue fighting for animals if elected to office. Assembly.

“For the past 17 years, I have used my patience, expertise, leadership and consensus-building skills to change laws regarding the rights and protection of humans, animals and our environment. – often against some of the most powerful vested interests in the world,” Mancuso said in a statement. “In State Assembly, I look forward to continuing to work alongside the party and its members to fight for a thoughtful yet decisive action to fight climate change, improve public health and safety, fight homelessness, protect women’s rights, save our ocean and wildlife, and oppose racism and hate here in Orange County and throughout California.

Mancuso earned a number of high-profile endorsements, including from the former Orange County congressman Harley Rouda and President of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.

“I have seen firsthand Judie’s tenacity and fierce advocacy in Sacramento for years. She still works tirelessly with lawmakers and a wide range of stakeholders to help enact meaningful and impactful legislation,” Rendon said in a statement. “I know Judie will bring the same strong approach to her constituents in Assembly District 72 and to all Californians as an Assemblyman.”

GROUP HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE AGAINST MARIJUANA TAX CUTS

governor of california Gavin Newsom signaled that he would be willing to support a reduction in the tax burden on the legal marijuana industry. While we probably won’t know more until his revised budget is released in May, not everyone is happy with the idea of ​​lower marijuana tax revenue.

On Wednesday morning, representatives of groups including Youth strikerthe Public Health Institutethe Alliance for boys and men of color and others will hold a Zoom press conference to denounce the cut in taxes on the cannabis industry.

“Advocates will share their letter to the Governor and legislative leaders that details the negative impact on child care and youth prevention services if the state were to reduce or eliminate state cannabis taxes. 152 organizations signed the letter, including Top 5 Californiathe American Academy of Pediatrics and many local community organizations across the state,” according to a statement announcing the event.

The press conference begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and you can catch it by visiting here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Can we please all agree to bring Jerry Brown back as governor?

– Republican strategist Matt Rexroad, by Twitter.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil patch of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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