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First 5 Sacramento Considering Lawsuit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The agency that oversees early-childhood education and health programs in Sacramento County is looking at joining a lawsuit against the state. Toni Moore is Executive Director of the First Five Sacramento Commission.
"Our commission will be addressing this topic on their June agenda."
Half-a-dozen counties are suing the state to protect money reserved for First Five programs. Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law allowing the state to take money away from each county's First Five budget in order to fund children's services under Medi-Cal.
Moore says that law violates Proposition 10 which prohibits First Five funding to be used to supplant other programs.
"So the idea of using First 5 funds to pay for Medi-Cal services for young kids I think is clearly supplantation and those lawsuits do address that issue as well." 
Sacramento's First Five Commission has already cut nearly $50 million in early childhood development programs to comply with the new law…programs covering everything from dental care to early education.
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