Home Care Workers End Two-Day Protest Against State Budget Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A group of Home Care Workers is wrapping up a two-day campout at the state capitol.  They’re protesting Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to cut their pay to help the state wipe out its 24 billion dollar budget gap.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...

After 48 hours of holding vigil in the heat outside of the capitol, the two dozen Home Care Workers say they still have enough energy to send this message to the governor and legislators inside the building... 

“We’re fired up and we’re not going to take it any more...We’re fired up and we’re not going to take it any more...”
Protester Kristy Sermarsheim says instead of cutting pay for Home Care Workers....Governor Schwarzenegger should look at closing tax loopholes for big business and find other ways to raise revenues... 
“People who are making more money and who are capable of raising the taxes that are needed to run this state than for people who make 12-dollars an hour to take a 33-percent cut.  I know that there is a commission out there right now looking at taxes...where is what they’ve suggested?...” 
But, following the defeat of nearly all of the propositions in this month’s special election, Governor Schwarzenegger is vowing not to raise taxes any higher.  He says he despises making such painful cuts but there are no options left.