Assembly Committee Assesses CalWORKs in Wake of Recent Budget Cuts

CalWORKs, the state’s welfare-to-work program, has been battered by budget cuts in recent years. Last Thursday, Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services held an overview hearing to assess what those cuts mean for the 1.5 million Californians – including 1.1 million children – who rely on CalWORKs to help keep a roof over their heads, afford other necessities, and move toward self-sufficiency. The CBP provided testimony on the state’s discouraging jobs picture and recent trends in the CalWORKs Program. Our presentation described the impact of years of cuts to CalWORKs cash assistance and highlighted the fact that California now has a grant level lower than 27 other states, after adjusting for housing costs. Video of the hearing is here.

—Scott Graves