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FFY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal: Bad for California, Bad for America
President's Budget Would Cut Billions in Benefits and Services to Struggling Americans

The Trump Administration released its proposed FFY 2018 budget on May 23, 2017. The budget would make tremendous cuts to programs administered by California’s county human services agencies, including Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CalFresh) and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (CalWORKs).

Read CWDA’s initial summary of the budget proposal:

CWDA Budget Proposal Summary (5/23/17)

Read CWDA Executive Director’s statement on the proposed budget:

CWDA Statement on Budget Proposal (5/23/17)

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CalWORKs Single Allocation Cut:
A Direct Hit to Clients

The proposed $248 million cut to the CalWORKs Single Allocation comes on the heels of a current-year, $160 million cut. If adopted, this would mean a reduction of more than 20 percent over two years. Counties cannot sustain their programs at this level of funding. A new fact sheet from CWDA provides additional detail and examples from counties regarding the effects of staffing and services cuts on the families we serve.

CalWORKs Cut Impact Fact Sheet

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CWDA, SEIU California Urge CalWORKs Budget Restoration

CWDA and SEIU State Council have issued memos to the chairs and members of Assembly Budget Subcommittee 1 and Senate Budget Subcommittee 3, urging their restoration of a proposed $248 million cut from the CalWORKs Single Allocation, which funds eligibility activities, employment and supportive services, and child care to CalWORKs recipients. The cut proposed in the May Revision is $50 million higher than that included in the January budget and represents a 13.3 percent cut to the current year funding level.

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CWDA Statement on Passage of American Health Care Act

SACRAMENTO (May 4, 2017) - Frank Mecca, Executive Director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, today issued the following statement on the passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Through its actions today, the House majority demonstrated its lack of respect for basic principles of societal decency. The bill’s harsh cuts target nearly everyone, but will hit the poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable Americans hardest of all.