Beyond the Numbers: The Human Cost of California’s Budget Cuts

Join Jean Ross, Executive Director of the California Budget Project, for an in-depth conversation with LAFLA staff and community partners about the proposed state budget cuts and their impact on low-income individuals and families.

Topics: Safety Net, Access to Justice, Education

Other Distinguished Speakers:
Safety Net: Michael Herald, Legislative Advocate
Western Center on Law & Poverty
Access to Justice: Lee S. Edmond, Superior Court Judge
Education: Christine Aldrich, Coordinator/Counselor
Rio Hondo College CalWORKs Program, Chair
Los Angeles County Community Colleges CalWORKs Consortium
Laura Faer, Directing Attorney
Children’s Rights Project, Public Counsel

When: Friday, April 16, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
New Location: Grace E. Simons Lodge
1025 Elysian Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (323) 665-1155
(Free Parking, Light Refreshments Served)

RVSP by April 9 to Lisa Metz,

The Facts

  • According to the California Budget Project over one-third (34 percent) of the Governor’s $8.5 billion in proposed “expenditure solutions” target health and human services programs.
  • The budget proposal would eliminate the California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, one of the most important safety net programs for families and children in California. Almost 1 million CalWORKs recipients are children.
  • In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is also targeted for elimination. This program allows disabled Californians to remain safely in their homes and out of higher cost nursing homes.
  • Medi-Cal program is also targeted for cuts. It is estimated that in Los Angeles County alone, there are approximately 2 million uninsured people. Cutting Medi-Cal and Healthy Families will only add to these numbers.

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