On a fundamental level, the California state budget is the vehicle that provides our communities with necessary public services. However, on a societal level, the state budget reflects the values that we prioritize as Californians.
Increasingly, critical policy issues are being decided through the budget process, often making the full impact of these policies difficult to find. (See: State and Local Funding of Planned Parenthood.)
Oftentimes, we define success by how much money we make or how many luxuries we acquire.
When you think about it, however, true success isn’t about money or things. It’s about our health. It’s about our community. It’s about our kids.
Have we set our children up to succeed or fail? Have we provided them with the opportunity for a good education? Have we given them a safe and stable environment that supports them at home and at school? Have we modelled good values and helped teach them the difference between right and wrong?
Catholic Advocacy Day Backgrounders Now Available
“All children must be able to play, study, pray and grow, in their own families, and do so in a harmonious context of love and serenity,” says Pope Francis.
By advocating for programs that address poverty and homeless, better education, life for the unborn and improvements in juvenile justice programs, this year’s six Catholic Advocacy Day bills have a special focus on helping children reach their greatest potential.
Today is Cesar Chavez Day, and while most know Chavez as a crusader for migrant farm workers, it is less known that it was his Catholic faith and love of Christ that drove his unyielding commitment to improving conditions for the poor.
San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, where the city began in 1776 with the founding of Mission Dolores, today is a dense mix of people.
Affluent techies, long-time Mission residents, undocumented immigrants and even homeless people in tents can all be found living in a single block.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our youth is the opportunity for a quality education. The growth of knowledge and the maturing of life skills becomes one of the best guarantees for the achievement of personal and societal success.
In turn, the most effective way to achieve this goal of offering a good education is to have qualified and prepared teachers in the educational work force committed to their profession.
Lost in the debate about individual mandates, the validity of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis and the political threat to allow the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “fail”, are the extensive changes to Medicaid proposed in the Republican American Health Care Act (ACHA).
By any measure, the ACHA will lower the number of insured. The CBO – the non-partisan budget and policy analysis office for the U.S. Congress – projects 14 million less insured by next year and 24 million over the next ten years. More than half of those uninsured will result from Medicaid reductions.
CA Immigration Bills on Watch
In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways.