California Governor proposes cuts to in-home caregivers and taxes on veterinary care

November 23, 2008 by  
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One of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposals would be to cut wages and services to disabled persons in the state. According to the Press, this would save the state $100 million in an effort to reduce the state deficit. It appears that we are trying to cut the deficit on the backs of those who are in need, not find ways to cut the deficit on the backs of both the haves and the have nots. I don’t know the answer, but I don’t think that cutting the wages of caregivers.

Another one of Schwarzenegger’s proposals is to lump furniture and appliance repair service taxes with veterinary service taxes. In my mind, this would be like taxing human medical services. As someone who just paid $4000.00 for surgery on my dog and am still paying for services related to the illness, I can honestly say that if I had to pay much more, I would either not get medical treatment for my dog or put her down. Anyone who has a pet knows that many medical treatments of his/her pet costs similarly to a human treatment. I know that the Governor runs in the Show Horse Jumping circles. Maybe those people can afford the a tax on their veterinary service but no the everyday person. As MarketWatch points out, the CMVA is concerned about the costs for treating shelter dogs also. All Californians with pets need to write to their legislators and the governor.

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