With the approval of AB 99 last week, Solano County lost $8.8 million in First 5 revenue, 62 jobs, and child development programs that will affect 12,500 people in the county. The money, 80% of which has been administered by the county commission (as it is in all other 58 counties), stems from Proposition 10 -- tobacco tax monies. Governor Brown's signature on AB 99, diverted those monies from the county commissions and put them back in the general fund.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Wednesday AB 99, the budget trailer bill that diverts $1 billion in Proposition 10 from First 5-supported programs serving young children. First 5 commissions have until June 30, 2012, to relinquish their portion of revenue to the state. For First 5 LA, that means about $424 million in funds....Diverted Proposition 10 funding would be used by the state for children ages 0 to 5 enrolled in Medi-Cal.
First 5 appealed to advocates last week to oppose additional crippling of county control over the funds by writing letters against the abolition of county commissions as proposed by Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton (TPR - Rancho Cucamonga) in SB 486.