California Healthline: Home Care Overtime Decision Leaves $200 Million Question Mark in State Budget
Last week’s decision by the state to drop a plan to pay home health workers overtime wages has left a gap in the governor’s budget proposal.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled on Wednesday last week that only Congress has the authority to award extra pay to home care workers. The following day, California officials announced they were dropping the state’s planned overtime rule.
That means there now is an extra $200 million sitting in the governor’s proposed budget, a sum that’s expected to grow to $300 million in next year’s 2016-17 budget plan.
“It’s a pretty big-ticket item. That’s almost $200 million general fund this year, and another $300 million the year after that,” said Marty Omoto, executive director of California Disability Community Action Network, an advocacy group for the disabled.