CA Legislature Steps Up for Women and Families in Budget
Today, the California legislature voted to approve a state budget that includes two important policy reforms for working women and families. 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 of the Stronger California women’s economic security agenda.
“We cheer the legislature for recognizing and addressing the needs of women and families in the state budget it forwarded to the Governor for signature today. The budget proposal repeals the maximum family grant rule depriving income support for kids in poverty and also increases reimbursement rates for child care providers. Both budget components are critical to the economic stability of working families across the state. We call on 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.