Assembly Committee Assesses CalWORKs in Wake of Recent Budget Cuts

November 7, 2011

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

On the Docket: The Toll Cuts Have Taken

March 23, 2010

Mark your calendars; here’s one not to be missed. Tomorrow at 1:30 in room 4202 at the State Capitol, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 will have a hearing titled, “Toll on Californians of Adopted and Proposed Health and Human Services Cuts.” The hearing will examine the impact of last year’s health and human services cuts on Californians, as well as the toll of the Governor’s proposed 2010-11 budget cuts.

There will be no public testimony, although the committee will take written comments. The Governor’s administration, its department directors and staff, as well as the Legislative Analyst’s Office, are expected to testify.

If you’re not in Sacramento, you can follow audio of the hearing from the Assembly website. It might also be televised on The California Channel.

You can, of course, find a multitude of CBP work on these issues. Our recent fact sheets document the impact of the Governor’s proposed cuts to CalWORKs by county and legislative district; to SSI/SSP by county and legislative district; and to the Healthy Families Program by county and legislative district.

Last year, the CBP also examined the impact of cuts to the safety net.

— Lisa Gardiner

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