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Anyone live in California?

How did the economy effect the government programs in your state? Are family's able to receive assistance from housing programs? what about food stamp benefits? etc....

when they say your state is broke...what does that mean for family's who still need assistance with government programs?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:39 PM on Jun. 18, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • It means the state is broke BECAUSE they give out too much assistance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:56 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I live in CA. Food stamps remain in tact, although the amount given is really not sufficient. Food prices have eeked up, as well. Milk is ridiculous.

    Many social programs have been cut or just plain run out of funding. 0-5 kids are being dumped from speech and occupational therapy unless they are very delayed.

    Schools have laid off tons of employees, class sizes are up, almost unmanagable, especially Kindergarten. GATE classes, art, music, gone gone gone. No money for textbooks.

    Housing programs have been having difficulty for about 8 years now, and shut off and on for newbies.

    Medi-Cal is the same, although, the providers are becoming centralized to save money, and, often, are very scary.

    Business parks are filled with empty spaces. Rents are through-the-roof. Gas is over 4 per gallon. Extra assessments are placed on homeowners to cover city stuff.

    It is really not good, unless you have money.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • The state is partially broke because of mismanagement. The scandal in Bell is all too common, as local government employees have given themselves salaries up to 500,000 per year and a lifetime of free pension that they did not contribute to. They have managed to find loopholes to get, sometimes, 750,000 pension per year by spiking salary and cashing in vacation.

    Public servants have gotten car allowance, free cell phone, gas allowance, free meals ON TOP of this. The fought tooth and nail so that this info would not get published, but it is out now.

    City governments are now being scoured (check out Oxnard) because or YEARS of misappropration of fund and illegal dealings.

    Now, the pensioners are claiming that they MUST recieve the benefits they were promised for life, because it was a promise.


    These crooks are also responsible. City and County governement crooks. State employees, however, are honest.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:02 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I do not think so.
    I heard everyone left because it was going to fall into the Pacific.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 5:14 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • we live in california, an they just state when you apply that you can be declined because of lack of money the state has.. we used to live in oregon an we had amazing benefits when we moved here we tried to apply an it was just to much of an un-sure thing.

    Answer by akalei at 5:14 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

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    Answer by musicmom08 at 9:10 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • So, this is the update on California Budget.

    Friday news . . .Democrats came up with a budget plan. Democrat Jerry Brown vetoes it, there were tons of problems with it. Tax increases are needed because the state simply cannot afford to continue without them. Major cuts have already been made. Republicans do not want the tax increase, so are working at blocking that part. Democrats are not cutting enough. Sides are not meeting in the middle. Lawmaker paychecks were to stop coming without a budget.

    Kudos to Jerry Brown for standing up for what is right for California!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • The state is broke because of the progressive policies they have there. I grew up there and moved as soon as I turned 18 so I could purchase a home for a reasonable price and have a good life. The state is a lost cause at this point.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 AM on Jun. 19, 2011

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