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The Governor released his proposed budget, and it has no great surprises. Some key points for advocates:
The state projects sizable deficits over the next three years but may have saved sufficient funds during the surplus years to cover those deficits. In case of recession, though, we should prepare for cuts (including by advocating forcefully against them.)
There remains one additional rate reform scheduled for July 1, 2024. The base rate will increase less in the third reform (and for Imagine may not increase at all.) An additional feature of this reform will be incentives for achieving outcomes of quality support. That is wonderful but may also bring disappointing revenue to Imagine as some of the invented outcomes may be likelier with some individuals than with others, and Imagine doesn’t and won’t plan to select our clients on that basis. Finally, although the Governor’s proposal does not delay the date for the third rate reform because it does not occur in the budget year, in case of recession, the date and size of the reform should not be considered safe.

As always, thanks to Marty Omoto of CDCAN for amplifying the transparency and circularity of information between the community and policy-makers. If you would like to receive CDCAN’s extensive reporting, write to Marty. CDCAN’s work is entirely funded by the donations of those of us who benefit. Write to me or to Marty if you’d like to kick in.

-Submitted by Doug

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