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Budget Deal Doesn't Sit Well With Welfare Advocates

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Clergy and social service advocates joined hands outside the Governor's office to pray for a budget that would support social safety net programs.

But the new budget deal changes the state's welfare-to-work program and makes 80-million dollars in cuts to child care.

Mary Ignatius, with Parent Voices, says the cuts will be devastating to families.

IGNATIUS: "They will quit their jobs because the cost of child care is outrageous and I wish the legislature and the Governor could understand exactly how much it costs today, these mothers are working hard they're doing everything they can to lift themselves out of poverty and it's still not enough."

Democratic Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he doesn't like the cuts, but legislators did what they could to balance the budget and minimize harm.

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