Bonilla Bill Which Seeks to Retain Federal Dollars For Disadvantaged Children, Approved by Committee

March 26, 2014 8:00 am · 21 comments

California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s AB 1654, aimed at reducing childhood poverty, was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee with unanimous support.

There are currently more than two million children living in poverty in California. AB 1654 addresses this issue by taking advantage of a federal incentive that redirects a higher amount of court ordered child support funds towards children living in poverty. Specifically, AB 1654 increases the amount of child support directed to a CalWORKs aid child recipient from $50 to $100 for a family with one child and to $200 for a family with two or more children.

“It is critical that the state does all it can to bring children out of poverty,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Although the increase in redirected child support is modest, the amount can be the difference in providing for a child’s most basic needs”, Bonilla said.

Sounds good, but... March 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

“It is critical that the state does all it can to bring children out of poverty,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.

Sounds good. But think of what that means. “All it can”? Really? Does that mean redistribution of wealth (as the progressive liberals advocate) for this worthy cause. Perhaps all causes espoused by Liberal Politicians are worthy, it seems.

There are people all over America in poverty, not just children. WHY? Because the GOVERNMENT taxes, taxes, and TAXES us to death so they can SPEND YOUR DOLLARS on everyone else.

You want to improve the lives of children, the homeless, the poor… then get off your a$$ and do something, give to a charity that actually does such effective work.

No way is another “Government” program or plan going to work. It’s SOCIALISM. Welcome to Europe…how do you like it?

JLG March 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Redistribution of wealth has been going on for years but not in my direction.

Triple Canopy March 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

That’s right, just throw more money at it. More social welfare programs which are typically losers.

What needs to change is the culture of poverty and how government consequently preserves it.

No no no ! March 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Corporations and Giga rich hold way to much
money out of the main stream economy!
That leaves tax dollars as the only resource
to take care of those left behind!
And they continue to eliminate jobs through
out sourcing to countries with slave labor and
then bring the products back here and make
You cannot have multi millionaires in government
and expect them( Rep.or Dem.) to sympathize
with the working class or poor!
Remember the golden rule.

BagsFlyFree March 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Soooo lets work this out… Have more kids, get double the handouts.. Got it.. Susan, your narrow agenda is getting a little tiresome. The state has many ways to create jobs for all classes, yet you are focusing on handouts and making it easy to give up and let the state foot the bill for families CHOICE to have kids they cannot afford. I understand the need for a safety net; however when people without jobs can live as comfortably as a hard working family, government has failed.

Susan are you a creator, or a money exchanger?

BFF Out!

Bob the Repairman March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Yay!!!! Another government trough for families.

skrab March 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

“There are people all over America in poverty, not just children. WHY? Because the GOVERNMENT taxes, taxes, and TAXES us to death so they can SPEND YOUR DOLLARS on everyone else.”

People living at the poverty level pay little to no income tax. I am fairly certain that taxes are not the cause of poverty. Lack of education and job training, addiction, mental illness, and abuse are all bigger contributors to poverty than taxes.

Taxes are the Government March 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Skyrab…yes. 100% agree…but TAXES are the GOVERNMENT. Of course the poor are not taxed….middle class and up are. WE foot the bill for ever growing welfare classes. WE cannot afford to start businesses or hire others..because the Socialistic liberal politicians truly believe their mantra that big government and throwing OTHER PEOPLE’s money at any social ill will fix the problem. Look around. That doesn’t work.

What we need is for the government to back off, and let WE the People in our communities address the problems. Not just tax everyone to create another “program”.

EAST BAY VELO WORKS March 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Who’s money? Ours! Terrible bill. Stop having kids you can’t afford.

anonanonagain March 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Children and the elderly will always be the most vulnerable of victims of poverty. This is more than just a money problem, it is a problem much more complicated than that.
A society that allows children to be abused and victimized is a giant failure.
Most of the parents of these children are most likely to have not completed beyond a high school education and have substance abuse problems. Some have mental health issues
How can we change a culture that thinks that welfare is the only way out?

Kelley March 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Continuously promoting the welfare system instead of resolving the issues that cause welfare. Throwing more money into the system only gives the recipients a sort of stockholm syndrome. The welfare program needs a solution.

You want change? March 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Lets start by not congratulating our educational
system with billions of dollars and saying what
a great job they are doing when we are the laughing
stock of the world. Why does the U.C. System
strive for “diversity” by allowing foreign students
that pay higher tuitions than Cal. or U.S. non-
Ca. Residents , $$$$.
Don’t believe in conspiracies, better think again.
Our future in this New World is to be slaves
to the Global Corporate Overlords.
Oh yes, let’s see what happens with Dr. Yee.

Waaaaah March 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Hey Susan, how about a bill that forces people to WORK FOR and save their own $$,$$$ PRIOR TO making babies? Don’t have a minimum of $25,000 in the bank? Sorry! No kids for you.
I’m tired of footin’ the damn bill. Ya feel me? Comprende’?

tired of taxes March 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

For all the “anti-socialists” on here.
We are all socialists. Last time I checked we are all eligible for/have availed of the following social services:
– Police department
– Fire department
– Military forces
– Social security (well, provided that you pay into that)
– Primary and secondary education
and the list goes on.

Death from poverty and starvation is a preventable. Why criticize a politician for trying to requisition legally available funds for this specific purpose?

Yeah, I basically agree with not having babies if you can’t afford it. But what of the case where the child already exists? Let them starve?

Claycord mob. Be ashamed of yourselves.

@tired of taxes March 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I agree, the Constitution and Bill of Rights are
a Declaration of a Socialist Democratic republic.
And the power hungry Capitalists have waged
war on it from the beginning . The thing that
the Elite fear most is an educated, relatively
well off, armed Constituency.
By calling it “Communism” and propaganda,
they constantly kill off the cream of our collective
Young People with trumped up wars.
We( the United States ) are now hated
throughout the globe.
There are tens of thousands of people
of foreign residency that are here to get
whatever they can by any means they can,
and they have no qualms about who they harm.
It’s so intricate and desperate a situation that
the majority of us sit and diddle on the computers
playing video games, watching porn, face booking,
or so involved in sports and fantasy that we
aren’t paying attention, and when we do we
laugh it of as a loony conspiracy theory.
We are in a desperate state of affairs people.
Kruscheyv said the U.S. would not be taken
by force but from within, but not because of
“Liberal Social Policies”, but because of right
wing conservative capitalists with a ” Me first”
screw everyone else mentallity.
Don’t believe it, than don’t act shocked when
it hits the fan.

Find Waldo March 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Hate to break it to you, but there are just as many if not more liberal dems that own/run the corporations. The blame game is getting quite old. Maybe do a little research before before spouting.

RANDOM TASK March 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

again the dems lining up voters by gifting more money and sending the message of more kids is more free money they have done this for 40 years why change.

@waldo March 26, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I don’t disagree, they are all in it together.
Did I sting your ” conservative nerve” there?
Because that is one of the tools “politicos”
use to keep us divided. Remember this motto,
“United we stand, divided we fall”. You don’t
think that applies to U.S. Citizens any more?
Think again, re-read what I said was the Elites
worst nightmare is.

Really? March 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Does anyone remember when “poor” meant not having something, like food or shelter? Today the majority of people on welfare have more food than some that actually work, housing paid for by the tax payers and enough money left over to afford many things not necessary for sustenance. Being “poor” in America is a JOKE! My nephew’s wife taught in an elementary school off of Monument a few years ago and became sick seeing all the “poor” come to school with very expensive brand name clothes and shoes, a 10 year old wearing $200 shoes, REALLY! Also sporting new IPhone’s, Nintendo’s etc. She couldn’t wait to move away. My wife works at a local Supermarket and everyday see’s OUR hard earned money paying for top dollar steaks, crab, lobster and crap like cookies cake and candy. WAY beyond anyone’s idea of “sustenance”. The checkers are pissed that most of the “poor” have much more money for food than they do! Our politicians play us for fools buy creating and then perpetuating the so called “poor”. We’re so doomed as a society.

Elwood March 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Oh, thank God!

I hadn’t heard any wonderful news from Bonilla for more than a week now!

Your wallets are safe on this one March 27, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Just to clarify this article, when a mother on welfare is recieving child support while on welfare, welfare takes the child support money and gives the mother a 50 dollar “disregard”. All Bonilla is doing is raising the disregard. The state is not giving extra money for welfare, all that is happening is that more of the fathers child support payment will go to the custodial parent and therefore the child that the support is being paid for. This money is not coming from your taxes or any of your pockets. Calm yourselves.

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