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Lawmakers debate repeal of ‘welfare queen’ law in California




California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts
California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts
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California Democrats want to overturn a state law that bars families from receiving more welfare money if they give birth to an additional child while on benefits.

This is the third time Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles has introduced a bill to repeal the 20 year-old-law, which she says was meant to discourage welfare recipients from having children. Rather than accomplishing that, she argues, the welfare cap helped California achieve the nation’s highest poverty rate. The new state bill that would increase welfare payments to parents as they have more children, without a maximum. But republicans who helped passed the original law, like former Assembly Leader Jim Brulte, say the new law would offer people incentives to stay on welfare and have more children.

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Holly Mitchell, (D-Culver City) California Senator representing the 30th District, which includes Culver City and the communities of Century City and the Crenshaw District. She is author of Senate Bill 23

Mary Theroux, Sr. Vice President of the Independent Institute, a non-profit scholarly research and educational organization on social and economic issues based in Oakland



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