California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested steep cuts to social programs that benefit parents and children on the verge of homelessness. Brown is hoping to close a $9.2 billion hole in the budget (and drum up support for tax hikes) by asking the state’s most desperate families to do without.
After voters refused to grant Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budgetary wishes on Tuesday and Washington offered little hope in lending money to California, the Governator announced a new plan to help solve the budget crisis by attacking the poor. He is considering eliminating the state’s main welfare program, health insurance for low-income families, and an aid program for low- and middle-income college students.