Advocates begin pushing lawmakers to restore social welfare

May 15, 2015 5:58 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As California lawmakers begin drilling into Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget for next year, Democrats and social welfare advocates say they already see many areas that need even more funding.

Democratic leaders in the Legislature say expanding affordable child care is their top priority. But advocates for children, seniors and the disabled have a long list of requests that includes increasing spending on health care for immigrants who are in the country illegally and restoring cash assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

They also want to raise Medi-Cal payments to doctors and dentists, and boost funds for people with developmental disabilities.

Prying more money from Brown will be difficult because he wants to avoid another fiscal crisis.

The Legislature has until June 15 to enact a balanced budget.

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