Working on CalWORKS

June 05, 2013

When the recession opened a gaping hole in the state's budget, lawmakers coped in part by making progressively deeper cuts in aid to California's poorest residents. Now that California's fiscal problems are ebbing, Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) wants to start bringing that aid back up to a level that may actually help families get back on their feet, rather than trapping future generations in poverty. Her proposal serves as a needed reminder of how badly frayed the state's safety net has become, and how important it is to restore it before Sacramento makes any costly new commitments.