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Governor Newsom announces new May revised Budget for the State (and what it means for you)

Governor Newsom proposed a $138 billion general fund budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The proposed budget is subject to approval by the legislators on June 15, 2020. In addition to across the board proposed cuts the Governor proposed the following:
  • An approximate 10% reduction in compensation across the board, for all state workers, including management, to be effective July 1, 2020. The 10% reduction is subject to negotiations by each individual union. The Governor stated that this 10% reduction can be avoided if the federal government approves The Heroes Act. If the Heroes Act does not pass or is reduced significantly, then the 10% salary reduction may still happen. Per Governor Newsom, the 10% reduction in salary WILL take effect July 1, 2020
  • Parole Outpatient Clinic (POC) (CDCR) – This department employs mental health clinicians that provide treatment to parolees transitioning out of prison. Our members make up 90 clinicians at these offices. The May revision proposes to no longer fund the POC’s. This means the POC’s will close. This is subject to a meet and confer, which is a mini-bargaining session between the union and the state to discuss ways of mitigating the effects on the members of the intended action and agree on how this change will be implemented.
  • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) (CDCR) – The Governor’s May Revise proposes to stop intake of juvenile offenders on Jan 1, 2021 and begin the process to close all three state juvenile facilities and the fire camp through the attrition of the current population. AFSCME Local 2620 will begin to meet and confer with the State to attempt to mitigate the effects on impacted clinicians.
  • Ongoing plan of closing two state-operated prisons within CDCR, over the next four years. This has been a developing plan since the population of inmates has decreased from 189,000 to approximately 122,000. The Governor did not identify the prisons. This means that one prison may potentially close in 2021-2022 and the second prison will close next following year. This too will be subject to a meet and confer.
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