California Minimum Wage Supplement for Home Health Workers (2014)

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A California Minimum Wage Supplement for Home Health Workers (#13-0052) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014, ballot as an initiated state statute.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

In-Home Supportive Services. Wages and Mandatory Training. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"For workers providing home care services to the elderly, blind, and disabled pursuant to the state In-Home Supportive Services program, adds an amount to their hourly wage equal to any increase in the state minimum wage. Requires these workers to receive 75 hours of training in subjects such as personal care, disease management, diet, nutrition, physical activities, workplace safety, and consumer and provider roles and rights."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"State costs upwards of $600 million annually associated with the measure's requirements to pay a wage supplement and provide paid training to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers, with costs growing with any future increases in the state-mandated hourly minimum wage. Potential state savings–not likely to exceed the low tens of millions of dollars annually–from reduced public assistance utilization by IHSS providers and a potential reduction in higher-cost publicly funded health care."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Chris Salm and Malik Bennett submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on December 6, 2013.
  • A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on January 31, 2014.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until June 30, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by June 30 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.

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