Wow, I don’t know how to completely end homelessness, but The CA Gov sure knows how to make it balloon! He wants to end CalWOrks (Welfare) in California to save stae funds. Did he miss the part where the state will no longer get the Federal Funds that feed into the program?
1. Fewer Federal Funds for the state
2. County Employees jobless because there is no Welfare program for them to administer
3. jump in homelessness from families using CalWORKS to pay for rent
4. Spike in malnutrition and childhood death due to no food
5. Long and Short term medical issues with no medical care available to the children of the poor and poor adults.
The only possible bonus of the plan is a reduction in the congestion of California because the poor will try to move.
The following is from the http://www.kmj50.com web site: More than a million Californians will be tossed from the Calworks program under the Governor’s revised budget plan.
That’s actually about 1.3 million people…and a million of them are children.
The Governor is hoping to save more than a billion dollars by tossing the welfare-to-work program, but doing so also tosses three times that much money in federal funds.
More immediately, it eliminates the safety net for welfare moms trying to re-enter the work force.
The head of the County Welfare Directors Association says it would leave California as the only state without a Calworks type program.
Frank Mecca tells the “Sacramento Bee” it would also be the only state in a first world country to have no subsistence program for children.
Along with dumping Calworks, nearly a million low-income children will lose medical benefits under a plan to drop the “Healthy Families Program,” saving the state another $250-million.
The cuts aim to close a state budget gap, which has now ballooned to more than $24-billion.
But State Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, the budget committee chairwoman, said she wants lawmakers to consider raising revenue rather than cutting so deeply into state programs.
“I will look under every rock and every leaf so that we can make sure women and children are fed and their medical needs are taken care of,” Evans said.
(Note to Ms. Evans – Dads go on Welfare also. Can we afeed them too?)