Christopher McWhorter is one face of the state budget crisis, as state Sen. Carol Liu (D-Glendale) learned Thursday.
McWhorter, 37, is bedridden because of muscular dystrophy. Sixteen hours a week, workers paid through the California Department of Health Services provide care and monitor the oxygen tanks and IV drip by his bed.
But the company that provides McWhorter's aides hasn't been paid since mid-August. The owner said her business is in jeopardy because of what has become a nearly three-month budget stalemate between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature.
A budget framework was announced Thursday afternoon as the governor and the four top legislative lawmakers met in Santa Monica, but a firm proposal wasn't expected to emerge until early next week.
"There hasn't been an outcry about the state not paying its bills," said Liu, who visited the McWhorter home, an adult school and a jobs program Thursday to highlight the human cost of the budget crisis. "This road trip gives me an opportunity to see how this is impacting everyday people."