In 2019, JPAC is focused on continuing to ensure that the State’s safety net for California’s most needy seniors stays intact; that there is protection for non-profits at risk of a terrorist attack or hate crime; and that we as a state are considering and implementing innovative ways to reduce the number of people living in poverty.
At our 2019 Advocacy Day in Sacramento, JPAC lobbied for three legislative packages that seek to end deep poverty through the earned income tax credit; strengthen the security of nonprofits at risk of terrorist attacks and hate-motivated violence through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program; and allows our state’s aging adults to age with dignity by supporting the State’s Master Plan on Aging and the Multi-Service Support Program.
The bills we lobbied for include:
1. The Multi-Purpose Senior Services Program (MSSP): A one-time increase of $24.9 million over three budget years to provide frail seniors with professional case management and a range of critical services, including: nursing care, social work, and other clinically-driven direct services.
2. SB 228 (Jackson): Creates the Master Plan for Aging, outlining the state’s goals and objectives relative to the growth of the aging population and their accompanying needs.
3. AB 1382 (Aguiar-Curry): Establishes, as part of the Master Plan for Aging, a comprehensive strategy for preparing and supporting California’s caregiver workforce.
1. Budget Request: $15 million for the California Nonprofit Security Grant Program, to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
2. AB 1548 (Gabriel): Establishes the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
3. AB 300 (Chu): Improves accuracy in reporting of hate crimes and incidents.
4. AB 1052 (Chu): Requires peace officers to undergo comprehensive training on hate crimes.
1. AB 24 (Burke): Establishes the Targeted Child Tax Credit (TCTC) to support families and children living in deep poverty by taking into account the basic necessities of a family when issuing a tax credit.
2. Budget Request: California Earned Income Tax Credit: Supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget proposal that doubles the existing California EITC by investing $1 billion in a new Working Families Tax Credit.
3. AB 898 (Wicks): Advances health equity and improves the children’s behavioral health system in California.