CSAC Urges Special Election As Soon As Possible
CSAC has sent a letter to the Governor and legislative budget leaders which reaffirms our support of the Governor’s realignment proposal and asks that the special election, needed to ratify the constitutional protections and revenues counties require to take on realigned programs, be held at the earliest possible time.
Excerpts from our letter:
“The concept of realignment – the transfer of responsibilities to counties with an ongoing funding source – is especially timely given today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court directing the state to reduce its prison population. We urge the Legislature to act swiftly on the realignment proposal, including the constitutional amendment, to ensure that counties have the resources we need to provide appropriate services, supervision, and sanctions to offenders returning to our communities. A properly funded and protected realignment of services is the only logical and responsible way to comply with the Court’s order and continue to provide for public safety.
To that end, counties urge a special election to ratify the constitutional protections and revenues at the earliest possible time. Delay would only serve to underscore uncertainties at the local level, with local decision makers faced with preparing for local programming without the assurance of continued funding or protections that mitigate local risk. Dedicated funding and constitutional protections are fundamental to counties’ support of realignment, as they provide the foundational support for the transfer of responsibilities from the state.”
Paul McIntosh is Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties. He can be reached at pmcintosh.at.counties.org.