Governor's Revised Budget Fails to Repair Gaps in Social Safety Net for Children and Families

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014
For More Information Contact:
Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, msp@childrensdefense.org, (510) 663-1294 – work, (303) 489-4762 – cell

Sacramento, CA – Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Senior Policy and Communications Associate for Children’s Defense Fund-California, released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision of the 2014-15 state budget:

“While California’s economy and fiscal outlook continues to improve, the state’s child poverty rate remains unacceptably high and gaping holes in the social safety net persist. Unfortunately, the Governor’s revised budget fails to use new revenue to repair the tattered safety net and provide the critical support services and investments children need to survive and thrive.

During the recession, Governor Brown and the California Legislature balanced the budget on the backs of the state’s most vulnerable children and families, by cutting basic needs grants for families, eliminating child care slots and ending successful health programs for children. Now, California’s policy leaders have the opportunity to do right by our children and protect and invest in essential safety net programs.

With one in four California children living in poverty, it is fiscally and morally irresponsible to leave essential state services at recessionary budget levels. We can, and must, start now to restore critical programs for California’s children and families that have been decimated in recent years.”

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Children's Defense Fund-California 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 and a quality education.