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IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN'S MEAGER COLA KILLED BY SCHWARZENEGGER AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURE IN 2009 WITHOUT ANY COMMITTEE VOTE

The AFDC COLA was a proposal signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1971, when he was governor of California. While Governor, he honored his commitment to pay decent benefits to impoverished families. After Reagan left, Republicans and Democrats have launched numerous successful attacks against the meager benefits of poor women with children of California - easy targets for budget cuts.

Today California poor babies and children with families  live in deeper poverty that they did during the 70s.

And the worse is yet to come. The attack against poor babies, children and families is fashionable in this new century.

Due to the fact that the COLA has been suspended for 13 out of the last 20 years, the Cal-WORKs fixed income is only worth 60% of what it was worth in 1989. If the Governor’s proposal to freeze the COLA is allowed to remain in the final budget, it will be the third consecutive year that CalWORKs families don’t have an increase, while expenses for families, continue to grow. The Governor cannot freeze the COLA unless Democrats allow it.

Since four out of five CalWORKs recipients are children, and since families need every penny of cash assistance for housing, utilities, food and clothing, we are concerned that the impact on approximately 900,000 of California’s most vulnerable children will be significant.

2009-2010 State Budget Kills the COLA

Without any committee hearing in the Legislature the CalWORKS COLA, in one single night, was eliminated by the State Legislature in 2009 and signed by the Governor.

HISTORY OF THE COLA

 

     

Year

$ Payment

COLA

Governor

       

1971-1972

$235

0.9%

Ronald Wilson Reagan

1972-1973

$237

2.5%

Ronald Wilson Reagan

1973-1974

$243

7.8%

Ronald Wilson Reagan

1974-1975

$262

11.8%

Ronald Wilson Reagan

1975

$293

8.9%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1976

$319

6.0%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1976-1977

$338

6.3%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1977-1978

$356

0.0%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1978-1979

$356

15.2%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1979-1980

$410

15.4%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1980-1981

$473

-2.1%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1981-1982

$463

9.3%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1982-1983

$506

0.0%

Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr.

1983-1984

$526

4.0%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1984-1985

$555

5.5%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1985-1986

$587

5.8%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1986-1987

$617

5.1%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1987-1988

$633

3.6%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1988-1989

$663

4.7%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1989-1990

$694

4.6%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1990-1991

$694

0.0%

Courken George Deukmejian Jr.

1991-1992

$663

-4.4%

Peter Barton Wilson

1992-1993

$624

-5.8%

Peter Barton Wilson

1993-1994

$607

-2.7%

Peter Barton Wilson

1994-1995

$607

0.0%

Peter Barton Wilson

1996-1997

$538

-8.9%

Peter Barton Wilson

1997-1998

$538

0.0%

Peter Barton Wilson

1998-1999

$581

2.84%

Peter Barton Wilson

1999-2000

$596

2.36%

Peter Barton Wilson

2000-2001

$613

2.96%

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr.

2001-2002

$ 647- $679 *

5.31%

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr.

2002-2003

$ 671 -$704

3.74%

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr.

2003-2004

$ 671- $704

0.0%

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr.

2004-2005

$ 704- $723

2.75%

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis Jr.

2005-2006

$ 689- $723

0.0%

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

2006-2007

$ 689- $723

0.0%

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

2007-2009

$ 689- $723

0.0%

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

2009

$ 689- $723

Killed

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger