Jan 14, 2015 5:14 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a coal miner's daughter who now holds one of the most powerful positions in California politics, says funding an effective safety net must be a top priority for the state to tackle poverty.
Atkins on Tuesday said that a new report of higher tax collections offers more reason to boost health and social services for the poor. The San Diego Democrat told a women's conference in Sacramento that social services helped her rise out of a poor upbringing in Appalachia.
An independent analysis released Monday predicted billions more in revenue than Gov. Jerry Brown's budget. Atkins says that creates opportunities for lawmakers to negotiate increases to welfare, child care and other aid.
Brown cautions against overspending and says California devotes significant aid to the poor.
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