California Proposes Cuts to Welfare to Work Program

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shift the safety net protecting California’s neediest residents.  Pressured by a $16 billion budget deficit, the governor is proposing a major overhaul of the state’s welfare-to-work program with the strategy of slashing people’s benefits to motivate them to get jobs faster. The move, if approved by the state Legislature as part of the 2012-13 budget package, would save $880 million, but beyond the savings, analysts say it represents a shift in the philosophy of how the Golden State helps its neediest residents. Scott Graves, senior policy analyst with the California Budget Project, says the plan includes rolling back the cutoff from four years to two years for adults, would be a significant change to participants.

 

 

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