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Governor’s Budget Threatens Social Services In Alameda County

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – Officials in Alameda County are warning residents social services will be severely cut if the governor’s proposed budget is eventually passed by the legislature, affecting thousands of children, elderly and disabled.

Last summer the county had to close a $152 million budget deficit. County manager Susan Muranishi would not speculate how much this year’s cuts would be, but in a letter to the governor, said people who depend on CalWORKs funds, in-home care, and child care would be affected.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

County officials have been making visits in a tour that they call “the worst is yet to come” to emphasize the dilemma.

Muranishi told people at the State Building in Oakland that public employees are doing their part.

“Our labor organizations have almost all come to the table and taken three years of almost no cost of living increases,” said Muranishi.

Muranishi went on to say that many of them have picked up almost ten percent of their health-care premiums.

The dire predictions do not include what would happen if state tax hikes are not extended.

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