Advocate Briefing Papers – 2016 Women’s Policy Summit

The 2016 Women’s Policy Summit featured a Women’s Policy Fair where many of California’s leading advocates showcased their policy proposals to advance the health, wealth and well-being of women and girls in California. Click on the links below to access the advocate’s Summit briefing papers – and watch this space for monthly updates! 

Economic Empowerment/Income Support

Repeal the MFG
Repeal the CalWORKs Program Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule by passing   SB 23 (Mitchell) or through language in the State Budget.

Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Jill E. Adams, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
Sierra Harris, ACCESS: Women’s Health Justice

Restore Cost-of-Living for SSI/SSP in California
Restore cuts to the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits levied during the Great Recession and increase the monthly benefit, currently $881, to above the federal poverty line.

Fay Gordon, Justice in Aging
Mike Herald, Western Center on Law and Poverty


Asset Retention & Building

Revise Medi-Cal and CalWORKs Asset Policies
Remove penalties for saving and retaining assets for individuals and families participating in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program and the Medi-Cal Program.

Linda Nguy, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Sheryl Lane, EARN


Work/Family Balance & Economic Stability

Raise Wage Replacement for California Workers on SDI and PFL
Support AB 908 (Gomez) to provide greater economic security and equity in California’s State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) programs by raising current wage replacement rates.

Jenya Cassidy, Director, California Work & Family Coalition
Sandra Poole, California Black Health Network, Inc.

Provide Job Protection for New Parents on Paid Family Leave 
Extend job protection to new parents taking Paid Family Leave to bond with a new child and protect their job and economic security when their family needs them most.

Julia Parish, Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Establish Labor Standards to Guarantee Fair and Predictable Work Schedules
Establish statewide labor standards that guarantee workers the right to fair work schedules, including advance notice of schedules, compensation for last-minute changes, access to full-time hours, and ability to request scheduling changes without fear of retaliation.

Liz Ben-Ishai, Center for Law and Social Policy
Sam Rodriguez, United Food and Commercial Workers – Western States Council


California Says No More License Plate

Support the Specialized License Plate
Purchase and promote the specialized license plate – California Says NO MORE – to increase prevention funding for California domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers.

Shaina Brown, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Krista Niemczyk, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence


Child Care

Establish 12-Month Eligibility for Child Care Assistance
To conform with new federal requirements, support legislation to provide public child care benefits for a minimum of 12 months and implement other policies to ensure stable child care and to protect working parents.

Increase Funding for Child Care in the FY 2016-17 State Budget
Through the state budget process, increase reimbursement rates paid to child care providers, increase the allocation for child care slots for eligible families, and update the State Median Income (SMI) to raise income eligibility for child care subsidies.

Mary Ignatius, Parent Voices
Donna Sneeringer, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles


Fair Pay

Raise the Minimum Wage
Raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour over the next two years and require subsequent raises to be tied to inflation.

Place Limitations on Prior Salary Inquiries by Employers
Support legislation to limit the ability of employers to make inquiries about prior salary during pay negotiations.

Jessica Stender, Equal Rights Advocates
Mariko Yoshihara, California Employment Lawyers Association


Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice

Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
Support AB 508 (Garcia) to improve maternal health outcomes, including decreased mortality, by increasing support for data collection at the California Department of Public Health.

Expand Women’s Health Care Services by Certified Nurse Midwives
Support AB 1306 (Burke) to allow certified nurse midwives, within their existing scope of practice, to manage a full range of women’s health care services, including gynecologic and family planning services.

Expand Direct Access to Reproductive Health
Ensure that insurance plan enrollees can go out of network to seek timely pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection care and prohibit plans from requiring referrals prior to seeking these services.

Shailushi Ritchie, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
Sylvia Castillo, California Family Health Council
Shannon Smith-Crowley, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


Shape the California Women’s Well-Being Index

Women’s Well-Being Index
The Index is a collaboration of the California Budget & Policy Center and the Women’s Foundation of California and will provide the first-ever composite measure of how women are faring by county. Share your thoughts on how it might be used and disseminated.

Kristin Schumacher, California Budget & Policy Center