While the rest of the country embraced welfare reforms that emphasized work, California’s bloated and heavily unionized welfare bureaucracies — with nearly 900,000 state and municipal employees — clung to the old model of relying on policies that encourage dependency, not self-sufficiency.
A cynical interpretation holds that this is a feature, not a bug.
California has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients.
That California has a lot of people on welfare was not a secret. In addition to its size, the state has a long history of heavy focus on social services, in part because of years of Democratic dominance in Sacramento.
But the size of California’s welfare rolls is disproportionate when you consider the state has only 12 percent of the nation’s population.
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Financial, Immigration, Socialism, Healthcare
The California Senate’s Appropriations Committee passed SB 4 to give health care to all illegal/undocumented aliens... But in a major move, the Democrat-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee amended and passed SB 4 on a 5-2 party line vote. The original “Bill Summary” said, “SB 4 would extend Medi-Cal eligibility to individuals who would otherwise be eligible, except for their immigration status.”
Government, Incompetence, Financial, Immigration, Healthcare
2012: California, which is home to the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, spent an estimated $1.2 billion last year through Medicaid to care for 822,500 illegal immigrants.
The federal government gave California's state government $120.7 billion in the 2009-10 fiscal year to underwrite education, health services, welfare grants and dozens of other programs, a very detailed new report from the state auditor's office reveals.
California’s Poverty Bureaucrats ...
"In order to keep growing its budget, and hence its power, a welfare bureaucracy has an incentive to expand its 'customer' base - to ensure that the welfare rolls remain full and, ideally, growing."
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Financial
Advocates of welfare reform in California often cite one, eye-popping statistic as they have pressed for cuts and changes to the program in recent years: The state has one-eighth of the nation's population but one-third of all welfare recipients.
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause...
California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.