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Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Voters may not get to decide whether to extend tax hikes

Source: News10/ABC

Democrat and Republican symbolsGov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are locked in a debate – should voters get to determine whether to extend the state's current tax hikes?

Brown's plan included allowing voters to have a say in whether to extend current tax rates that were passed two years ago. Brown warned that if voters reject the extension, he will be forced to make deeper cuts to education and public services in order to balance the over $20 billion budget deficit.

Some lawmakers may not let the issue go to a vote. Republican Sen. Ted Gaines said few conservatives will likely allow the proposition to go before voters this summer.

"This is not the time to be increasing taxes on people in a very tough economic time," Gaines told News10/ABC. "I just think that this is not the right path to go down."


Further tuition increases may come for higher education

Source: Los Angeles Times

Higher education costs in California may continue to rise if the state's budget crisis is not resolved. The leaders of California's public colleges warned February 7, in Sacramento, that students may face additional tuition hikes this fall if the governor's plan to extend several recent tax increases is rejected by voters or legislators.

Three leaders of CA higher education appeared before a state legislative panel to discuss the governor's plan to cut $1.4 billion from higher education funding. The governor has warned that he will be forced to cut even more if the Legislature does not put a trio of tax extensions on the upcoming ballot, or if voters reject the measures.


New law requires whooping cough vaccinations for students

Source: Pediatrics

Child getting vaccinatedStudents entering grades 7-12 for the 2011-12 school year will be required to be vaccinated against tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (whooping cough).

The vaccine, known as Tdap, has already been required in most other states. It was approved in 2005 and was added to the routine immunization schedule for children and teens in 2006.


Survey: Californians want communities to focus on prevention

Source: Central Valley Business Times

Health care services in local communities should focus more on prevention than treatment, Californians reported in a recent survey released by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

Ambulance"As Californians and governments at all levels struggle with health care costs and the prospect of cuts in services, most residents view prevention as important, and they see that local conditions can indeed make a difference in their health," Mark Baldassare, PPIC CEO and survey director, told the Central Valley Business Times.

The survey asked residents whether their community health services struck the right balance between treatment and prevention. Sixty percent reported they wanted more emphasis on prevention, 13 percent wanted more emphasis on treatment, and 21 percent were satisfied with the current balance.


National foundation provides grant to help cover more CA kids

Source: Children Now

Three CA organizations recently announced the receipt of grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation under the foundation's Insuring America's Children: Getting to the Finish Line Initiative.

These grants coincide with the two-year anniversary of the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and will support organizations to advance policies to help cover CA children and their families.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation makes national and international grants and has a special focus on the Northern CA counties of San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.


In this issue...

A word from Leader Services

Leader sponsors 2011 CSNO show

Leader Services is proud to be a bronze-level sponsor of the 2011 California School Nurses' Organization (CSNO) Conference in Fresno on March 3-4.

Stop by Leader's booth #46 to say hello to our Account Managers Patti McIntyre, Chris Maupin, Ron Angel and Crystal Weeks.

Meet our staff

Leader's Leah HollandLeah Holland is a Customer Support Representative with Leader Services. If you've ever called Leader with questions regarding the Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (MAA) Program, it's likely you've spoken with her.

In addition to helping customers better understand the MAA program, Leah is responsible for performing the following MAA duties:

  • generating quarterly participant lists,
  • reviewing district fiscal and payroll data,
  • reviewing invoices and quarterly time studies from Leader's web-based system,
  • printing time-study forms for MAA Coordinators,
  • generating documents and reports for clients' audit binders.

Leah began working with Leader in August 2003, and since then she returned to school part-time to earn a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. We're proud to have Leah on our team!

Editor's note: Leader is proud of its 42-year history of providing excellent, personal customer service. This new Meet the Staff section will appear periodically so that our clients can meet the people who are working hard behind the scenes to make your LBO and MAA programs an ongoing success.


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