Democratic Leaders Meeting with Gov. Brown Over Welfare Cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democratic leaders are meeting privately with Gov. Jerry Brown to try to avoid about $2 billion in proposed welfare cuts as next week’s budget deadline approaches. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he and Assembly Speaker John Perez are seeking “middle ground” with the Democratic governor on how to close the state’s $15.7 billion deficit. The Legislature faces a June 15 deadline for passing a balanced budget. Steinberg says Democrats are largely in agreement with the governor. But Brown has proposed about $2 billion in cuts to the state’s welfare-to-work program known as CalWORKS; child care assistance for low-income families; in-home supportive services; and Cal Grants, which provides college financial aid. Democrats would rather not make those cuts because they would hurt the most vulnerable.

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