Fresno Bee: Democrats who grew up poor pledge to expand social services

January 15, 2015

Sen. Holly Mitchell, one of the most active legislative advocates for the poor, said optimistic budget outlooks mean the government can make room for expanding services while paying down liabilities. She called on the governor to return the support of advocates who helped him in his push to temporarily increase taxes and create a rainy day fund.

"We are going to pay down debt, and we are going to rebuild families," Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat. "It's not an either-or."