Complete Destitution

The Budget Conference Committee heard moving testimony last week about the impact of the Governor’s proposals to slash funding for health and human services programs. One of the most eloquent statements about the proposed elimination of the CalWORKs Program was delivered by Will Lightbourne, social services director of Santa Clara County and a CBP board member. Lightbourne argued that ending CalWORKs would lead to the “complete destitution” of 1 million California children – a condition “that civilized states do not allow even the most troubled and troubling of its members to endure.”

— Scott Graves