TIME, “…the governor has proposed cuts to programs that would make california more like a struggling third world state than 21st century america…” CCWC R: the anti-government republican governor and minority are on a path to rival those displaced by katrina.

Can the U.S. Afford to Let California Fail?

States across the nation are suffering the effects of lost tax revenue in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. California’s woes are similar and different in kind, played out on a grand scale in a state that boasts the world’s eighth largest economy and a Hollywood star in the lead role. After voters rejected a slew of convoluted budget-balancing measures, the governor has proposed cuts to programs that would make California more like a struggling Third World state than 21st century America: welfare subsistence benefits would end, 1 million poor children would lose health care, college aid for the state’s best and brightest would be phased out, nonviolent prisoners would be released, hundreds of state parks would be shuttered, and thousands of teachers would lose their jobs.(Read about the 25 people to blame for the financial crisis.)

“California could become the only state in the First World without subsistence benefits for poor children,” says Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. If California ends CalWORKs, the state’s welfare-to-work program, it would save $1.3 billion but lose three times that amount in federal money. (Since President Bill Clinton’s reform, welfare has been run by the states, which receive block grants from the Federal Government that they spend as they wish. Mecca says no other state has ever said no to the federal money, nor has one proposed a flat-out elimination of welfare for families with children.)

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3 responses to “TIME, “…the governor has proposed cuts to programs that would make california more like a struggling third world state than 21st century america…” CCWC R: the anti-government republican governor and minority are on a path to rival those displaced by katrina.

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