News Headlines Article

Social services and the California budget: No significant cuts proposed; plans to expand health care
The Mercury News

In a departure from budgets of years past, California Gov. Jerry Brown this year is not proposing dramatic cuts to programs for the poor, aged and disabled. Instead, there are even creep-backs in funding for programs previously battered, such as welfare-to-work initiatives and pay for home health-care workers. “The high level good news is there are no cuts,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said in a conference call with reporters shortly after the budget proposal was released Thursday.