With increased unemployment and poverty brought on by the continuing economic downturn, more individuals and families are relying on public programs for food assistance, health coverage, income support, and other services. This rising demand comes at a time when budgets at all levels of government are stretched thin.
Last week in Sacramento, CBP Executive Director Jean Ross participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) that looked at the condition of – and challenges facing – California’s safety net in the wake of the Great Recession. Moderated by David Lesher, PPIC director of government affairs, the panel featured Jean along with Caroline Danielson, PPIC policy fellow (pictured here) and Bruce Wagstaff, countywide services agency administrator for Sacramento County. The full video is below.