Brown to slash welfare benefits in effort to force people to find work

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A welfare recipient waits in line to receive free medical, dental and vision treatments provided by volunteers. Governor Brown has proposed a major overhaul of the state's welfare-to-work program in the hopes that slashing people's benefits will motivate them to get jobs faster.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shift the safety net protecting California's neediest residents

Pressured by a $16 billion budget deficit, the governor is proposing a major overhaul of the state's welfare-to-work program with the strategy of slashing people's benefits to motivate them to get jobs faster.

The move, if approved by the state Legislature as part of the 2012-13 budget package, would save $880 million, but beyond the savings, analysts say it represents a shift in the philosophy of how the Golden State helps its neediest residents.

Scott Graves, senior policy analyst with the California Budget Project, says the plan, which includes a 27 percent cut in payments for child maintenance and rolling back the cutoff from four years to two years for adults, would be a significant change to participants.

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