California is expected to cut the state’s disability insurance program for veterans, farm workers and others who have disabilities by 25 percent.
Gavin Newsom’s administration said Monday it would cut the benefits of those with chronic or physical disabilities and the disabled for a year, as well as workers and retirees, by 25% over three years.
The cuts will affect those who rely on federal disability insurance and those who depend on the state to pay their bills.
The program has been plagued by underfunding, including the death of an Oregon farmer and a recent death in Arizona.
The state has said that $50 million to $100 million in benefits will be cut, including about $7 million in veterans’ benefits, the Associated Press reported.
Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsome and state Treasurer John Chiang, also a Democrat, have pledged to cut spending to keep the program solvent.
The budget is expected in the coming days.