Assemblywoman Bonilla Introduces Measure to Retain More Federal Dollars for California’s Neediest Children

February 12, 2014 13:33 pm · 38 comments


The following information is from the office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:

Disadvantaged children will receive more federal assistance, thanks to new legislation introduced today by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). Assembly Bill 1654 will increase the amount of child support received by families who are CalWORKs recipients to help them meet their basic needs.

“My legislation takes advantage of a federal option to redirect more child support funds towards these children,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “For example, a family of three on CalWORKs receives at most $670 a month, so even modest increases in child support can be very beneficial.”

AB 1654 would increase the amount of child support directed to a CalWORKs recipient from $50 to $100 for a family with one child, and $200 for a family with two or more children, or a greater amount if authorized by federal law. Additionally, this child support would not be considered income or be deducted from assistance that the family would otherwise be eligible.

“The beauty of this legislation is that it proposes a modest amount of state investment to allow these CalWORKs recipients to keep more child support funds that would otherwise be returned to Washington,” said Mike Herald, legislative advocate for the Western Center of Law and Poverty, sponsor of the legislation. “That additional money can make a huge difference for a family.”

AB 1654 will be heard in a policy committee later this spring.

WC February 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

What is a disadvanged child? What will they do with the extra money?

EAST BAY VELO WORKS February 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Great! Just what we need. Taxpayers to subsidize making it easier for people to have children who can’t afford them.

Realist February 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I fear it will be abused by many. It should be tied to training and drug tests for the parents. I also fear that illegals will somehow slither in and take advantage – yet again – of our big hearted system.

Hump Day February 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

WC, a disadvantaged child would be one who doesn’t share the advantages of others (financially, etc.).

Note the heading of the article “neediest children.”

I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic, but I thought I’d answer the question. Half of it anyway…..

Elwood February 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Always good to see another puff piece from Bonilla’s staff on Claycord.

Isn’t she wonderful? Woohoo!

anonymous February 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM

How much is this “modest amount” going to cost us in the future? Answer: Too much.

Anon February 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Why do we keep these people in office??? How about they focus on real issues for once.

California Nightmare February 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Sickens me when they call these handouts “investments”, and when they treat federal dollars like they are found money.

Typical democrat politician. Let’s continue to grow our crop of welfare dependents, and harvest their votes in November.

anon February 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

They receive at most $670? How much do they receive from other sources?

For those who are concerned about the myriad programs out here. The Libertarian party and others who care about transparency in government are pushing for a “1099-Gov” system whereby everyone who receives government money or services is given a tax form at the end of the year from every agency from which they received money or other assistance. It would then be very easy to see just how much is going to recipients from all the different sources; who might be collecting far more than they qualify for, perhaps even in multiple jurisdictions; and would help clear up corruption.

We aren’t asking that the money be taxed, but why shouldn’t those who receive taxpayer funds or assistance be required to report it to the IRS just like anyone else who earns or receives income from other sources?

BagsFlyFree February 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

So Bonilla,

None of the other programs below are enough to help families get back on their feet? Should we add snack allocations and cable TV relief? This state (and Bonilla) are removing incentives for those to be part of the workforce. Not working shouldn’t be accomodated, rather a point where a family does everything in its power to reign itself back into the workforce. Certain circumstances apply; however these handout must stop as they drive our budget ceiling higher into eternity.

Existing programs below..

CalFresh Program (formerly Food Stamp Program): In most cases, eligible CalWORKs families qualify for food stamps to help meet their food needs. Often, the CalWORKs application is automatically used by the County to assess the family’s food stamp eligibility.

Medical Coverage: In most cases, each member of the family getting CalWORKs will also qualify for Medi-Cal which will pay for most medical costs. The County will explain this benefit to the applicant.

Child Support: If the family includes a child aided by CalWORKs whose parent is not living with the caretaker, the County will automatically notify the local Child Support Agency (LCSA). The LCSA will provide all necessary child support services, including establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing a support obligation and collecting support payments. If the child’s paternity has not been previously established, the adult caretaker is required to help the local child support agency do so. This may mean participating in an interview and submitting the child to blood testing if the alleged parent, once contacted, refuses to acknowledge paternity.

Welfare-To-Work Program: The Welfare- To-Work Program helps family members acquire the skills needed to get a job. The County will determine if a family must participate in Welfare-To-Work activities as a requirement for CalWORKs. Families may also volunteer to participate.

Family Planning: Any member of the family can get information about methods for planning family size, deciding when to have children and preventing unwanted pregnancies. The County will provide information if a family asks for it.

Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP): Regular, preventative medical check-ups are available to help protect those members of the CalWORKs family who are under the age of 21. The County will provide the family with information about this benefit.

Social Services: If the family needs help with a family problem, such as drug abuse or legal problems, a social worker is available to help. The family may request that the County provide a telephone number that can be called 24 hours a day.

Child Care : Families that receive CalWORKs may also be eligible for child care services, such as help paying child care costs. The County will explain to the family what services are available.

BFF Out!

Grumpy Old Man February 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Hey Sue, My fixed retirement income is almost gone…you want to give away more of it? WTF? GOD bless the little children, but I can’t support them all!

WC February 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I can see it now…. Bonilla performs outreach to describe the results of her new Bill to provide aid to those in need at ‘name your community center’ . Afterward her staff will help people register to vote.

Always Right February 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Hey BFF – you missed some big handouts on your list -let’s not forget about the Earned Income Tax Credit (several thousand dollars there) and subsidies for housing which can be worth $10,000 – $15,000 per year.

We are creating a two tier society. Those on the dole who can’t get off and those off the dole wondering why they are working so hard.

Anonymous February 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Great stuff- just the type of program that about distroyed the black community. Just pay people to have more children. Into four generations of permanent welfare families now and moving towards the fifth.

Bonilla was enthusiastic about boys using girls restrooms too,voted got it, which tell us something about her limited brain.

Julio February 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I know someone who earns over 70,000 on those programs as well as her moderate paying job. Needless to say we no longer help her buy groceries. That opened my spouses eyes a lot.

Concord Guy February 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Lovely. Rewarding people who make bad choices. How about some birth control counseling?

RIII February 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

The only thing easier than spending “Other People’s Money,” is spending it “For the Children!” This is just another program that will be funded and used with zero accountability with a bunch of overpaid people handing out “OPM,” other people’s money. It’s sad that we never seem to learn that they never run out of money as long as we keep electing these people who claim that they just want to help.

Dear Rose February 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Dear Rose,

Teddy Roosevelt didn’t create a welfare program so don’t be calling people liars. You may be interested to know LBJ created the War on Poverty which spawned AFDC, which paid for having children.

Here is the interesting thing: Prior to AFDC blacks had fewer illegitimate children then whites. No less then Senator Moyihan (d) subsequently pointed out this is destroying black family structure.

So there, Rose, is your history 101 for today.

It's a sad day February 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

When Rose instructs us that Teddy Roosevelt” created the welfare program.” TR broke up railroad and oil trusts,went after crooks of all stripes and set aside national forests but he sure didn’t create the welfare program.

Rose may have confused TR with FDR. He started social security, CCC and other noteworthy programs but he sure didn’t create “the welfare program”

Back to hostory class Rose.

Concord Guy February 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

#21 (“Dear Rose”) brings up good point in a somewhat inflammatory way. Out of wedlock births (anachronistically called “illegitimate” births) have indeed destroyed the structure of the African American family, and arguably African American stature in American society. As long as out of wedlock births aren’t taboo in the African American culture, nothing will change.

Huh? February 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM


Get THAT to the policy committee TODAY.

Steve February 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

It’s time for working people to figure out how to get around the people
who put their political careers above the common good of the community
they represent

anon February 13, 2014 at 4:45 AM

How about you introduce a bill that stops wasting taxpayer money with bloated government oversight and handouts for those who choose to have children they can’t support? No, wait, you can’t do that. It’s not the way to buy more Democrat voters.

Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Actually considering Roses snotty (and wrong ?comment I don’t think poster 21 was inflammatory. Here is another fact : Charter schools I’n NY city in black neighborhoods kids do as well as suburban areas. Probably the single best thing for black kids.

Now let’s ask Bonilla how she feels about that. She is a paid shill for the teachers union so we know where that is going.

Bottom line: Democrats, who are totally supported by teachers unions, will sell out poor black kids in return for contributions. They will give them more money as a reward for more kids.

Idiocracy February 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

#23 lol so true its sad . I know a girl that had a kid with some deadbeat and now she leaves the kid with mommy to go out and party to find another deadbeat (her track record is filled with deadbeats). It is becoming very normal for me to meet hordes of these single mothers. The real epidemic is the fathers of these single moms children who always seem to be your typical tough guy loser…. Im no push over but geez ladies gangster wannabes that sell weed are not good father figures… I swear to god its an epidemic and so prevalent to meet a hard working woman whos with some loser or just left him. Personally I tend to avoid these types of woman that were dumb enough to pop out a kid with a guy who has no job or ambitions. Now these politicians are figuring out a way to get votes out of poor mating decisions lol only in America… we are slipping into idiocracy

WC February 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

#28, we’re there and more ‘bills’ are being created to support it. ‘Cause somebody needs the votes!

Also, slight correction to the above. These guys do have ambitions… how do you think these gals got pregnant :). To the ladies, get an abortion!

Idiocracy February 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

#29 Lol true but getting with some of these ladies is not an accomplishment

PH Dad February 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Kudos to “Bagsflyfree” and “AlwaysRight”. This is just another handout in support of the “farm subsidy for children”. I’ve always worked hard, not spent more than I had, and am tired of having my wallet raped to support those who choose to be poor. There is a difference between the professional poor / welfare class and those who simply need transitional assistance.
These may be tough words to hear, but it is the truth.

@1 February 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I am guessing they will probably use that little extra money to feed themselves. something the rest of us take for granted.

@California Nightmare February 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

How do you know that every person living in poverty is automatically taking advantage of the system? there are plenty of hard working people (yes, immigrants too) who simply cant make enough in wages to live in the bay area and afford to feed their children, despite holding down two jobs. perhaps if you came down from your glass house on the hill you would understand that not everyone lives a comfortable lifestyle.

people like you are the real “nightmare”

@PH Dad February 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

“I am tired of having my wallet raped to support those who choose to be poor”

…so people are put into a circumstance where they grow up in poverty, cannot get the support/assistance they need to finish school and get a better paying job…these people are choosing to be poor? I think you need to do some research on the people who actually do live in poverty, as opposed to getting your talking points from fox news all day.

When did the local claycordians decide to become a group full of insensitive human beings???

Michael 1 February 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Instead of complaining about Susan let’s talk to our tax paying friends and try to vote her and her comrades out of office? This state has been run by demarcats for 40 years .That’s why we have the highest taxes ,the highest unemployment,the highest percent of welfare in the US, the worst education system ,the most restrictions on our liberties,I could go on forever.How dumb are we,we keep voting them in?

RIII February 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Consider some law that comes into effect when an individual arrives at any hospital ready to give birth to a child and the cost of this is to be covered by other than the child’s parents. First, the father is named and identified and comes forth and claims the child. If that information is not forthcoming, the child is delivered and taken from the mother and raised by the state. After all, we have to pay for this anyway! Then, the mother is sterilized so she will not do this ever again. If the father is identified, he will pay for the delivery costs and the support of the child or he is sterilized so he can’t do it again. This might cut down on a community of people who get an increase in support every time they have another child. Just a thought!

Anonymous February 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Poster 34

Right let’s just keep subsidizing poor people.

@37 February 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

As opposed to letting them just die and perish on the streets, or continue to be homeless with no chance of improving their lives.

Sure i am all for subsidizing the less fortunate. I am not an a-hole.

personally February 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

I don’t believe in the welfare system. It is not my responsibility to pay for someone else’s kids.

If you are a parent who is not making enough to support your family, you need to change. If that means moving to a new state or a new country, YOU need to do it. It is YOUR responsibility to do what is best for your family.

I would vote for any law that ends social programs.

Connie Dobbs February 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Speaking as a formerly subsidized poor person, I can tell you there’s no way in hell any of my fellow shlubs were in a position to steal as much money as the administrators still are. For instance:

“According to prosecutors, Holland-Jackson used bogus identities and Social Security numbers to activate 23 fraudulent cases between 2011 and 2013. She and others, including her sister, then used the benefits cards associated with these fraudulent accounts to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in withdrawals from ATMs.
All told, according to the court papers, the scheme cost the District of Columbia government at least $783,876: $196,596 in fraudulent food stamp benefits, $233,227 in fraudulent TANF benefits, and $354,053 in fraudulent Medicaid benefits, among other costs.”

The Truth Hurts February 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I believe in social programs, but as a temporary situation. Not a way of life. There’s a difference.

Education is the key……

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