CA Budget Deal Includes Investments in Women and Families
An agreement on the California budget struck late Thursday between Governor Jerry Brown and the State Legislature includes two important developments for working women. The repeal of the maximum family grant rule, which requires mothers to produce evidence of rape or birth control failure in order to receive state aid for their children, and increased funding for child care workers who serve low-income families. These two budget asks are priorities in the Stronger California women’s economic security agenda.
“We are tremendously relieved and excited that the budget deal reached yesterday will end the maximum family grant rule, giving poor women and children improved access to the assistance they need to live. We also enthusiastically support the budget deal’s commitment to increasing reimbursement rates for child care providers, who often earn poverty-level wages while caring for the children of working families. We call on California legislators to approve the proposed budget next week, and for Governor Brown to sign these much-needed reforms into law,” said Noreen Farrell, chair of the Stronger California Advocates Network and executive director of Equal Rights Advocates.