California Dems resist Gov. Brown's welfare plans

June 19, 2012 • Business

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, ponders a question about the state budget while talking with reporters at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, June 18, 2012. Despite having passed a spending plan, Friday, Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, are still trying to resolve differences on welfare cuts with Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators may have passed a budget, but Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown are fighting to a standoff over his proposal to restructure the state’s welfare program.

Brown is pressuring the Legislature for deeper cuts amid a projected $15.7 billion shortfall. Negotiations continued Monday with Democratic lawmakers resisting Brown’s proposal to reduce welfare spending, one of many issues still to be resolved before the state’s spending plan can be implemented.

Brown, a Democrat, wants to emphasize getting people back to work, while reducing aid for parents who aren’t meeting requirements under CalWORKS, the state’s welfare-to-work program. The governor’s office says his plan would save $880 million.

But Democrats say it’s foolish to pay for job training when there aren’t enough jobs to go around. They would rather preserve cash grants.

“It is inefficient and, quite frankly, foolish, to invest in training for jobs that don’t exist,” Assembly Speaker John Perez said last week before passing the initial budget plan.

Democrats want to extend existing cuts on county work training and child care assistance programs, but the move would save $428 million — less Login to read more

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