Just About Everybody in S.F. Loses With State's Budget Cuts -- But Losing Less Is the New Winning
Sure, a $26.5 rug being pulled out from beneath the city is bad -- but it's not nearly as bad as the $36.7 million the controller predicted we could be out back on Aug. 4. (The $18 million the city budgeted in reserve, which looked ridiculously inadequate for a while, is now merely inadequate).
The report -- which you can see here -- is concise, detailed, and rather readable. Here's the breakdown on who "won" by losing the least:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Family shelter funds and employment subsidization was anticipated to take a $2.8 million hit in August -- but now stands to lose $3.5 million;
- Funds for children's immunization and health programs were anticipated to lose $600,000 -- but will be short $900,000.
- CalWORK welfare to work employment services was bracing for a $9 million hit. It will "only" lose $2.9 million;
- Child Welfare Services, anticipating a $4.5 million shortfall, now faces cuts of $2.9 million.
Breaking even is the gold standard these days, it would seem.
- State support for Healthy Families (facing a $2.2 million cut); and a bevy of Medi-Cal related information systems (facing $2.4 million shortfall) won't be cut at all.
Budget deficits -- they never get old!