According to The Assemblyman in The 78th Assembly District:
SEE CUTS AND INCREASES IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET
Rivera Concerned About Impact on Families and Seniors
Rivera stated, “I welcome the Governor’s significant increase in funding for food pantries and soup kitchens helping those hungry families and individuals who have been hit hardest by the Great Recession we are experiencing. However, I am not pleased by the Governor backing away from his commitment to raise public assistance benefits which have not increased in 20 years.
The Governor’s budget includes a nearly $10 million increase in funding for emergency food programs. However, the cuts in programs serving the homeless will hurt the same people who will be turning to the food programs. Reduced funding for senior meal programs and WIC will hurt those who are trying to keep from relying on emergency donations.
“I am also concerned about going backwards in our efforts to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. These health problems will lead to higher health care costs for Medicaid where spending increased faster than expected this year,” added Rivera.
“I look forward to working with the Speaker, my colleagues in the Assembly, our friends in the Senate, the Governor, and the President and Congress, to support our struggling families and seniors. I believe that we can do even more to use nutrition assistance and education to reach those goals and will continue my work to improve food policy for consumers, food businesses and farmers.” said Rivera.