No help for the poor

Schwarzenegger plans to kill welfare

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plans to solve his state’s $24-billion deficit just keep getting stranger. Despite his recent calls to end poverty in California, the governor is proposing to cut all cash assistance for poor families in the state, effectively cutting off 1 million children and 300,000 adults on California’s welfare-to-work program. This means rejecting a $3.7-billion federal grant in order to cut out California’s $1.8 billion contribution. The move will also cost California $600 million in stimulus funds, close to half of what Schwarzenegger hopes to save. The proposal comes after voters rejected plans for higher taxation. But the plan will probably die. It has almost no support from Democrats, who control the state legislature, and even leading Republicans have said the proposal goes too far. A less dramatic scaling back of welfare programs is more likely to happen.

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