Latest Budget Developments

Sacramento Bee: Finally, an end to an ineffective and humiliating welfare law
June 14, 2016
The Sacramento Bee editorial board highlight the repeal of the Maximum Family Grant rule: "Shaming this state’s impoverished women and children is hardly a reflection of our values, and putting a stop to it is long overdue."

California budget to eliminate contentious welfare policy
June 14, 2016
As part of a pending state budget deal with fellow Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to repeal the so-called maximum family grant policy that prohibits people from receiving increased welfare income if they have more children while receiving public assistance.

Statement from Alex Johnson on the Governor's May Revise
May 13, 2016
"We were pleased to see that the Governor’s May Revise proposes $2 million for the Franchise Tax Board to support additional outreach and marketing to ensure California’s new state Earned Income Tax Credit reaching more eligible poor, working families. However, the Governor’s May Revise fails to include investments in critical programs for children and families and consequently ignores the reality that the state continues to have the highest poverty rate in the nation."

Press Statement: Governor's Budget Must Do More to Respond to the Needs of the Whole Child
January 7, 2016
CDF-CA's Executive Director Alex Johnson responds to the Governor Brown's proposed 2016-17 budget. "Unfortunately, the Governor’s proposed budget falls short of providing the resources necessary to end child poverty in California and fully support crucial programs for our most vulnerable children and families."

Governor Jerry Brown Signs 2015-16 Budget
June 24, 2015
The Governor has signed a budget that includes several important first steps to address child poverty and invest in children and families, including expanding health coverage to all immigrant children, enacting California's first-ever state Earned Income Tax Credit to boost income for working families in deep poverty, and increasing funding for child care and early learning programs. However, additional investments will be needed to implement the bold, comprehensive strategy needed to eliminate child poverty for 1 in 4 California children.

Press Statement: Children’s Health Advocates Hail California’s Budget as a Historic Leap Toward Health Coverage for All Children 
June 19, 2015
The Children's Health Coverage Coalition responds to the inclusion of health coverage through Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrant children in the budget. 

Statement from CDF-CA’s Executive Director Alex Johnson: "California is built on the dreams of immigrant families in search of a better future for their children. Now, these children will have the health coverage they need to survive and thrive, and grow up ready to contribute fully to our state’s workforce and economy. By doing the right thing for children, our state will benefit now and in the future."

Press Statement: Governor’s Proposed Tax Credit for Working Poor Families is a Positive First Step to Reduce Child Poverty in California
May 14, 2015
CDF-CA’s Executive Director Alex Johnson released a statement in response to the Governor’s May Revise budget proposal.

Governor Jerry Brown Releases May Revise Budget Proposal
May 14, 2015
The Governor’s May Revise budget proposal includes $380 million for the state's first-ever Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to reduce poverty, but fails to restore deep cuts made to the social safety net during the recession. Read analyses and responses to the Governor's May Revise:

#EndPovertyCA Social Media Day of Action
May 13, 2015
The day before the Governor released his May Revise state budget proposal, advocates and policymakers joined together in a social media day of action to highlight the need to make ending poverty in California a state budget priority.

CDF-CA Gives Invited Testimony to Assembly and Senate Budget Committees
February 25, 2015
Michele Stillwell-Parvensky, Senior Policy & Government Affairs Manager at CDF-CA, testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the need to invest in early learning and before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on CDF’s Ending Child Poverty report and recommendations to dramatically reduce child poverty.

Press Statement: Governor’s Budget Proposal Fails to Adequately Address the 1 in 4 California Children in Poverty
January 9, 2015
CDF-CA’s Executive Director Alex Johnson released a statement in response to the Governor’s budget proposal.