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Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest  residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.

The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion.

—Eric Bailey

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Gov. Schwarzzeneger has failed. Darrel Issa orchestrated a recall which Schwarzzeneger then usurped and used his status to steal the spotlight and the governorship. This also came about due to Enron's theft of California's money and electricity. Does anyone remember Schwarzzeneger meeting with the ex-mayor, along with Ken Lay i,n a secret meeting? California never recovered from that skullduggery. Arnold go back to the silver screen and play a washed up hack that you are. The people have spoken. Three strikes and your out!
Who is the GIRLIE MAN NOW?


We should also eliminate gourmet meals that are being consumed in our overcrowded prisons...why do they need to eat jello? They should get the prisoners on a bread and water diet!!!!

State of Jefferson anyone?

This is fantastic. We've needed to scrap these programs for decades. If you can't make it in California, you need to change what you are doing or move to somewhere you can make it. End the free rides for free loaders. Ditto for the school teachers.

Let's put every class and course from first grade through Ph.D. online and let our tax paying residents take as many courses as they want and accumulate as many diplomas and degrees as they like for free. This would open up a pathway for anyone to advance on their on schedule and at their own pace without having to shell out a fortune of money for teachers and/or professors who are nothing more than highly paid baby sitters anyway.

The education system as it exists today is obsolete. Put it all online. It's way less expensive. It's more efficient and it's safer.

Easier to take money away from the poor than stand up to the unions. Coward.

I think these are great proposals. The state is in so much debt because it gives out too much to too many people. I don't believe these proposals will be accepted at all but they may lead to a better reform of the social system. If the State gave out less money it would promote the people who take advantage of the system to fend for themselves.

First, cut off 100% of the ILLEGALS. No services that aren't FEDERALLY required. ILLEGALS don't get in state tuition. Get it over with before the state collapses.

Next, cut state payrolls by 25%.

Next, cut education by 20%

Next, cut state worker pensions, but existing and future by 25%.

If that doesn't balance the budget, add 5% to each cut and start over.

We, the taxpayers of California, are tired of the legislature STEALING OUR MONEY.

If the state legislators are looking at cutting expenses and trimming costs of social programs, don't forget the goverment subsidized housing program. The program that is well known as section eight voucher. This is also one of the most abused program that I know. People who have their rent covered bu uncle Sam, don't want to be off program so they worked around it by working for cash only.

Foolish. Why not cut government employee salaries instead?

This is so unbelievably short-sighted on the part of the Governor. Eliminating children's healthcare will send many children to the emergency room for treatment of run-of-the-mill childhood illnesses and management of chronic conditions like asthma, at greater cost than doctor's office or clinic visits, while other children will not be treated promptly, resulting in more serious illnesses and greater problems down the line--again, at more cost to Californians. Eliminating welfare will mean more children without enough to eat, without safe places to sleep, without clean clothes, without a stable family situation--meaning lower academic performance and higher rates of truancy and delinquency, which in turn will lead to higher costs for Californians down the road in terms of lowered high school graduation rates, higher rates of teen pregnancy (a predictor for state dependency), and an increase in crime. Both this cut and the proposed elimination of CalGrants will effectively lower California's future revenue stream, as those who fail to complete high school have lower incomes than their graduate peers, and those with no or little college earn significantly less than those with 2- or 4-year degrees. This will both erode the individual tax base and present businesses operating in California with a less-educated workforce, impacting the state's productiveness.

The answer? Californians need to realize that we do not pay nearly enough in taxes, mostly because our system is not progressive enough. And the Governor should look elsewhere for his massive cuts than programs that aid our most vulnerable residents, the elimination of which might look good on paper for 2010 but will result in significantly higher costs and lower revenues in the future.

This plan will destroy families and communities. I am an assistant principal at a LD 4 school in LAUSD. I see every day how families that receive these services and financial support are running as fast as they can to stay in place, emotionally and financially. Implementation of these cuts will just decimate them. Washington has got to help this state. Yes we need to cut spending and raise taxes. However, this state has been a tax machine for Washington for years and years and years and truly has not gotten any bang for its tax buck relative to other states. Now it's time for the president for whom I voted and his administration to pony up and show California the love that it showed him in November.

Maybe Mr. Shwarzenegger could sell his home and scale a little, maybe use some of his millions to help those Californians who will no longer be able to receive assistance.
Just a thought!

What do the Californians expect? We are hijacked by the extremists and cannot talk about our budget problems like adults. By voting down the propositions and "rebelling against taxes", we leave no choice but cut social programs. No enjoy your work.

It is about time. Most of this people are here illegally or never contributed to the system to begin with. No all of them should be qualified for any help. Unless you have contributed there is no investment and without investment thier should be no beneftis. There are so many people that was not born in this country, did not work in this country and yet they are getting benefits from this country especially in California.

Having been on state relief in 1940, for 2 years, after my father died--I know the value of the program for some people. But the budget must be balanced.
Why is everybody afraid to address the costs of illegal aliens for education of their children and forthe medical care they receive? We are talking about billions of dollars per year. I know that itis largely a federal responsibility--but they are doing little. Citizens of other countries are the responsibility of their own country. They may shout about their "rights" in California--and the Supreme Court has given them some--but the state's first responsibility is to its own citizens.

Is Arnold trying to start riots? He needs to start with the outrageous pensions of government workers. Also, double dipping should be illegal.

So more people starving, sick and diseased living in the streets is the California Republican response to the stupidity that they imposed on the state with their bizarre budget-passing requirements? How will that save money, in the long run?

Eliminating medical insurance for low income children? That's a joke, right? Surely no one is that horrid.

Isn't it time yet to reform your legislature and get actual progressives with an understanding of reality into those offices? California's legislature and governor have become a joke.

GO ARNOLD!!! At last, he got the message we were sending when we elected him in the first place. Cut! Cut! Cut! Whip this fiscally flabby state back into shape and get the layabouts off their butts and into the workplace -- yep, into those jobs that Americans allegedly won't do and earning an HONEST living -- and we'll be on our way back to being the Golden State.

Why make it appealing for mexicans to sneak into my country for "entitlements? Rescind citizenship for anchor babies and get rid of this cancer perpetuated by our government.

Schwarzenegger has put his friends on jobs paying well over $100,000 a year. The politicians have yet to make one penny in cuts of their perks.
We need to send a real message to Sacramento, the only kind they understand....vote EVERYONE out of office.

I'll call this proposal "A Good Start"

Many of you people fail to realize that the so called "welfare" recipients are not ALL freeloading! A large percent of the funds are spent assisting legitimately disabled citizens who have worked their arses off and finally wore themselves out, or have served in "OUR" military and had pieces of them blown off for "YOUR" freedom. YES there are a number of lazy individuals who are uneducated and or not "citizens" who continue to suck off "Fathers" breast, and continue to create more of the same, BUT, shouldn't we figure out how to filter them out without cutting off assistance to those who deserve it?

It's probably a backlash caused by the blatant abuse of the system's benefits by Nadya Suleman.

You can't just cut all the programs. Not unless we have some form of single-payer health care in this country. Otherwise you will have people needlessly dying from neglect. I want to see that all children have some form of health care. That is the least we can do.

However, there are a lot of single mothers out there who are collecting rent from welfare, when they have families that they could be living with. And maybe we should hold the fathers of these welfare children financially accountable, too.

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