Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger is initially calling for $753 million in cuts this year for Calworks, the state’s welfare system, but is also trying to overhaul the program for future years, in hopes of saving $1.5 billion annually.
The Governor announced at a Wednesday press conference that California has 12 percent of the nation’s population, but claims 30 percent of all welfare recipients.
“The reason is very simple, it is because we are too lenient here,” says Schwarzenegger. “We are more generous in the state of California and we give greater benefits for longer periods of time.”
The Governor is proposing to reduce the time that adults can receive aid from the current five years to two. Meanwhile, children would still receive money until they are 18 years old.
He also wants to require that recipients meet with their caseworkers every six months to ensure that they are complying with work requirements. If they are not in compliance, aid would be eliminated.