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California Pushing More Welfare Recipients To Work

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shift the safety net protecting California's neediest residents.

Pressured by a $16 billion budget deficit, the governor is proposing a major overhaul of the state's welfare-to-work program with the strategy of slashing people's benefits to motivate them to get jobs faster.

The move, if approved by the state Legislature as part of the 2012-13 budget package, would save $880 million, but beyond the savings, analysts say it represents a shift in the philosophy of how the Golden State helps its neediest residents.

Scott Graves, senior policy analyst with the California Budget Project, says the plan, which includes a 27 percent in payments for child maintenance and rolling back the cutoff from four years to two years for adults, would be a significant change to participants.

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JeanMarc | June 11, 2012 at 1:28 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Good. It is a safety net, not a hammock, as most welfare recipients and unemployment recipients treat it. Check the box every week stating that they are looking for work, and get a check. They have no reason to look for work.

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