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California Advocates Want Funding Restored to CalWORKs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Members of the Health and Human Services Network of California say recent cuts to CalWORKS have resulted in fewer people getting less money for shorter periods of time.  Magali Sanchez-Hall is with the network.

 

SANCHEZ-HALL:"...And I'm a recipient of CalWORKs. We're getting only 638 for a family of three. Come on! Who can live with $638 dollars a month?"

 

The advocates said the state no longer faces a budget deficit, and new corporate taxes could help rebuild social services. 

But H.D. Palmer in the California Department of Finance says the Governor doesn't intend to restore past cuts.  

 

PALMER:"If we want to continue on a path towards structural stability and balance, we can't undo the reductions that we've made in the past."

 

The Governor's budget this year does add $143 million to the CalWORKS budget to help recipients find jobs, but it will not increase monthly cash assistance.

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