California's governor, Jerry Brown, is threatening to veto a bill requiring annual cost-of-living adjustments to these SSI checks.
Email Brown ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org urging him to approve AB 1584.
Or call 916.445.2841, the general office number, to support AB1584.
The Legislature just passed Assemblymember Cheryl Brown’s bill http://capwiz.com/thearc/ca/utr/1/LDUPXXTNBE/IIVSXXTNBN/11285505376 to restore annual cost-of-living raises for poverty-level Californians who receive SSI. Now, Governor Brown’s staff want him to veto the bill and leave any future raises up to each year’s budget.
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SSI provides a monthly cash benefit to adults with autism and many others to help them pay for basic living expenses, such as food, clothing and shelter. The federal SSI portion of the benefit is supplemented with SSP, paid for with state General Fund dollars
SSI/SSP maximum payment for individuals was as high as $907 in January 2009 (before the recession) and decreased to $830.40 in June 2011. The state’s SSP contribution was at its lowest level in June 2011 at $156.40 and has not been increased since then. The current SSI/SSP maximum grant levels are $889.40 per month for an individual and $1,496 per month for couples, which places individuals at 90% of the poverty line and couples at 112% of the poverty level based on federal guidelines.
We were able to get a modest, cost-of living raise in this year’s budget, effective January 1, 2017. This would provide annual raises starting January 1, 2018