The State Homeless Coordinating Committee voted unanimously to oppose tax-limitation initiatives A and B Thursday, saying the resultant loss in tax revenues would devastate several programs for the homeless.
The committee decided it will hold a press conference in October to talk at length about the harm the initiatives would do to the homeless. The group decided to wait until October because the cooler weather would heighten the plight of those with no homes. The later date would also catch the attention of many Utahns who aren't likely to be interested in the initiatives until shortly before the election.It is impossible to tell how many homeless people would be affected by program cuts, the group said. However, the group said the initiatives would cost the homeless the following level of services: emergency work program, $624,000; welfare reform, $1,373,000 in state money and $476,000 in matching federal dollars; mental health, $1,662,000 in state money and $1,500,000 in matching federal dollars; substance abuse, $527,000; foster care for older children, $275,000 in state money and $234,000 in matching federal dollars; youth corrections, $1,885,000; Utah Medical Assistance Program, $6,000,000; medically needy, $3,500,000 in state money and $10,500,000 in matching federal dollars; and adult education, $4,000,000.