Summary of the California Welfare Reform Act of 2014
1) * The Department of Social Services will develop a job placement program to actively seek and locate available jobs from the business community, then require applicants to apply for those jobs including, but not limited to, agriculture, landscape, gardening, restaurant, hospitality, housekeeping, janitorial, construction, the garment industry, and jobs in public works. Seeking and accepting employment are conditions to receive benefits for an adult recipient.
2) * The DSS to develop a program with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to designate inmates released, with children in CalWORKS, to enroll in the job placement program. California has a 70% recidivism rate but studies from America Works show that when a parolee works six months that rate drops below 10%.
3) * A California Driverís License or Identification card shall be required of any adult applicant for social services applying on their own behalf. Children required to have a birth certificate and Social Security number.
4) * The DSS shall maintain the names and numbers of each California ID and driverís license of all applicants on the application, and names of absent parents, from each countyís Dept. of Social Services in a state data base that shall be verified monthly, at minimum, to confirm there are no duplicate records of recipients for social services. Social workers state that applicants can apply at multiple offices to receive fraudulent benefits.
Legislative Analystís analysis for the California Welfare Reform Act of 2014:
Reduction in Costs to Provide Assistance Due to Smaller Caseloads. This measure could result in lower state and county costs to provide assistance by reducing the caseloads of public social services programs in several ways. Additional documentation requirements could result in fewer applicants being found eligible for public social services as well as fewer individuals choosing to apply. Finally, the employment outreach program would also likely result in lower CalWORKs caseloads as (1) a greater number of recipients find employment and leave public assistance and (2) some recipients choose not to participate, making them ineligible for public assistance. Taken together, these effects could result in reduced assistance costs for state and county governments potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Congressman Hunter will introduce similar provisions in federal law.
Endorsements: Orange County Lincoln Club Legislative Committee
Orange County Republican Party Executive Committee
Contact: Ted Hilton, firstname.lastname@example.org 858 270 2425