New Tools to Fight the AB 1250 Threat to Local Services
August 3, 2017
The broad coalition of organizations opposing AB1250 has gone live with a new web site that clearly depicts why the bill is so bad for many of the most vulnerable people served by California Counties. Also listed are more than 200 organizations including counties, nonprofits, community organizations, and statewide associations all opposed to the bill.
AB 1250 would impose severe restrictions on county contracting and would impair the delivery of a wide array of critical services. “The new online resource clearly demonstrates the breadth of this bill,” said CSAC Legislative Representative Dorothy Johnson. “AB 1250 hits everything from job training for jail inmates to the maintenance on the equipment in airport control towers.”
Numerous major newspapers have recognized the negative impact of the bill. Recently, The Fresno Bee wrote in an editorial “Children, seniors, the developmentally disabled, victims of domestic abuse, people needing mental health services, those fighting addictions and many other people could see their services cut just so SEIU can add to it rolls via AB 1250. Understand: This bill would place a virtual ban on the counties’ freedom to contract with nonprofits, licensed experts and community businesses for vital services.”
And the San Jose Mercury News recently opined “Backers claim the bill would save money by providing services in house. But requirements for making the cost comparisons are designed to skew the results: In one of the most egregious examples, the analysis would exclude a county’s overhead costs but include the overhead of the outside firm.”
CSAC and the No on AB 1250 coalition are continuing to ensure legislators know the full negative impact this bill would have on the people of California who rely on county-based services regardless if they live in a city, county, or are visiting our state. AB 1250 will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee to review fiscal impacts when the Legislature reconvenes on August 21.