State lawmakers are due to deliver a budget by Friday. (Courtesy Stephen Conn/ Creative Commons)
Facing a $16 billion budget defecit, Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a major overhaul of the state's welfare program. Brown suggested slashing benefits for recipients in the state's welfare-to-work program, arguing it would motivate them to find jobs more quickly. The proposed changes would save $880 million if it is aproved by the state Legislature for the 2012-13 budget. But as much as the move is meant to close the state's massive revenue shortfall, it also represents a fundamental shift in how California provides a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. The state's budget woes threaten more than just welfare, however. More than 40 state parks are in danger of closing
within the next few weeks due to lack of funds. Funding for Cal Grant scholarships are also in jeopardy. State lawmakers are due to deliver a budget
to Gov. Brown's office by Friday.
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