WHEREAS, since the start of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program of the Social Security Administration (SSA), California has supplemented the SSI payment with a statuary State Supplement Program (SSP), and

WHEREAS, this SSI/SSP payment has kept thousands of aged, blind and disabled persons out of homeless and helpless living conditions, and

WHEREAS, the State Legislature and Governor's office appear to often use the SSP Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) as a "budget fix" in fiscally poor years, and

WHEREAS, in the 2007 fiscal crisis these bodies actually passed legislation delaying the COLA by several months, and

WHEREAS, we believe it is time the Legislature and the Governor stop solving its fiscal problems by eliminating or cutting the SSP/COLA received by the blind and disabled citizens of California; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, That this organization call upon the Governor and State Legislature to solve California’s fiscal crises in a manner other than upon the backs of our aged, blind and disabled citizens by not disrupting their SSP COLA payments.