Reporting from Sacramento -- A federal judge will continue blocking millions of dollars in cuts to in-home care for the elderly and the disabled, parties to a lawsuit over the services said Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken had temporarily halted the cuts in December. The $100 million in reductions to home aid, built into the state budget in case revenue did not match projections, were to have kicked in this month.
Advocates for the disabled said the cuts would have hurt more than 300,000 people, and they teamed with the union that represents caregivers to sue the state. Government officials argued that the cuts were unavoidable because of the budget crisis.
The judge, who presided over a hearing on the matter in Oakland on Thursday, said she was prepared to keep the cuts at bay, according to both sides. Melinda Bird, senior counsel for the advocate group Disability Rights California, said Wilken directed the parties to reach a settlement.