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?
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.
The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is closely monitoring and eager to follow Assembly Bill 1520, the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act, by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke.
AB 1520, which is sponsored by GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate Change, Engage), commits the Legislature to a goal of reducing childhood poverty by 50 percent over the next 20 years and provides a comprehensive framework of research-backed solutions to achieve it.
Thank you to all who participated in our inaugural online discussion last weekend. Held in conjunction with the Archdiocese of LA’s RE Congress, the conversation about faith in the public square resulted in a brief, but interesting glimpse into the views of some members of the Catholic Legislative Network.
Contrary to the heated conversation that characterizes much of what passes for public discourse nowadays, CLN members took a much more respectful approach.