LA County bracing for big cuts in state funding

Los Angeles County government could lose more than $1 billion under the governor’s plan to close the state’s budget deficit. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

In a report to supervisors, Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka says L.A. County would lose nearly $600 million from the elimination of the state’s CalWORKS welfare program. That would lift the county’s obligation to provide the program to 380,000 recipients. But one official says many people in need would likely end up on general relief – the county’s welfare program of last resort. That could cost the county $400 million a year.

The governor’s also proposed slashing $235 million for in-home care for the elderly and disabled, $109 million for road projects, and $24 million for mental health programs in L.A. County. In addition, the state’s looking at delaying more than $300 million in property tax payments to the county.

Supervisor Don Knabe, a Republican, told the Daily News the cuts would be “catastrophic.”

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