Here’s a big one: On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202 in the State Capitol, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services will take up the Governor’s proposed cuts to the CalWORKs Program, which provides cash assistance to low-income families and helps parents find and move into jobs. Suffice it to say that these proposed cuts target a program that’s all about getting people to work at a time when the Governor has touted “jobs, jobs, jobs” as the solution to California’s woes; would impact Californians throughout the state (for more information see the CBP’s fact sheets on the local impact of these cuts by county and legislative district); and would affect children in particular (77.9 percent of CalWORKs recipients are children.) In addition, the Governor has proposed eliminating the CalWORKs Program altogether if the state does not receive an additional $6.9 billion in federal funds for a range of programs.
Also note that the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee has cancelled its hearing for today. The committee had been scheduled to consider a number of the proposals that would change the budget process.
— Lisa Gardiner