Thursday, June 18, 2009

State Budget Committee Votes to Preserve CalWORKs

Good News!
On June 11th, the Budget Conference Committee voted 6 to 1 to reject the Governor's proposal to eliminate CalWORKs. The committee's vote likely ends serious attempts to eliminate the program.

The committee had a long discussion about the other CalWORKs options put forth by the Administration and the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO). The committee seemed most interested in pursuing an LAO/CWDA proposal to exempt some families with small children from work requirements thus saving child care and transportation costs. The committee also seemed poised to support a proposal to expand subsidized employment opportunities for CalWORKs recipients using federal stimulus funds.

Taken from an article from the Western Center on Law and Poverty. View the entire article