Governor’s Budget Proposal Falls Short for California’s Poor Children

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, (510) 663-1294, msp@childrensdefense.org

In response to Governor Brown’s 2014-15 budget proposal released today, Michele Stillwell-Parvensky of Children’s Defense Fund-California issued the following statement:

“Governor Brown’s initial budget proposal once again fails to recognize the dire need to repair a social safety net that was shredded during five years of budget cuts to critical programs. While the Governor’s continued investment in K-12 education is a positive step, children also need health care, quality child care and pre-k, and family supports to survive and flourish.

We understand the wisdom of preparing for the future; however, it is irresponsible to allocate billions to pay down state debt and build a rainy day fund when one in four California children live in poverty. It has been pouring for California’s most vulnerable children and families for years – and now the state has the resources to protect our children and our future by investing in programs that will help create a level playing field for all children.

The need for re-investing on the state level is made even more pressing by the devastating cuts to federal social safety net programs like food assistance and unemployment benefits, upon which so many Californians rely to support their families.

Our continued prosperity depends on all of our citizens having a chance to thrive and succeed. On the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, we urge our state lawmakers to use our good fiscal health to restore and strengthen the safety net programs that protect and support our most vulnerable children and families as they find their way out of poverty and into economic security.”

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Children's Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is the California office of the Children's Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. The Children’s Defense Fund champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, a quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. www.cdfca.org