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Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor
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Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.

The State Children’s Trust Fund has, until now, been one of the twenty donation options on California tax forms. In 2014, the minimum threshold for the Fund was set at $324,972. Unfortunately, the Fund only received $303,159 in contributions. As a result, it has been removed from this year’s tax forms.  

“This bill will ensure that essential child abuse prevention and intervention programs around the state will have adequate funding.  In 1982, I had the privilege of working on AB 1733 (Papan), which pledged $10 million for child abuse prevention programs in the state. This bill serves to continue my legacy as a strong advocate for children in California,” said Assemblyman Cooley.

In 1983, the voluntary tax donation was established for the benefit of the State Children’s Trust Fund. Contributions to this Fund are used for the prevention of child abuse and neglect efforts.  Over the last five years, the Trust Fund received between $305,000 and $760,000 from voluntary check-off contributions annually. The contributions each year have represented roughly 52% of the revenue deposited into the Fund, a critically important source of funding for prevention activities.

“The Children’s Trust Fund supports the work that prevents the harm from ever occurring. Services throughout the state, in every county, rely on these dollars to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Sheila Boxley, President and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

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