Since the Medicaid program (called “Medi-Cal” in California) expanded its eligibility criteria for enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, more than 13 million low-income Californians have gained access to healthcare according to the California Budget & Policy Center.
“The obvious place to do something is on the property tax,” Hoene said. “… It doesn’t mean that Prop. 13 isn’t the third rail of politics. It still can be the third rail of politics. But it doesn’t make sense for people to scream and yell about an affordability crisis and not take on the single biggest financing mechanism problem in the state.”
Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget Project, estimates that the cuts to California Medicaid funding in the Ryan bill would come to between $7 billion and $10 billion. Could the state make that up by raising its own taxes?
Sara Kimberlin, a senior policy analyst with the California Budget & Policy Center, said it’s unlikely federal education funding would be withheld in California based on sanctuary status. She recently wrote a blog post about how sanctuary cities in California will be affected by Trump’s executive order. “It’s hard to see how education has to do with the detention of immigrants,” she said.
The poverty rate for children under 18 was even higher – 21.2 percent, up from 17.3 percent in 2007, according to a new analysis by the California Budget & Policy Center. In 15 counties, primarily in the Central Valley and Inland Empire, the child poverty rate was more than 4 percentage points worse.