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April 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Florida has become the first state in the nation to fully privatize its child welfare programs, after signing a $75-million contract to hand over those responsibilities in its last two counties. The deal Friday with Our Kids Inc. gives the group the right to handle all foster care, adoption and child welfare licensing operations in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where about 5,000 children are now under state care. The effort has been a cornerstone of Gov.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on oil dollars, died Tuesday in Caracas after a nearly-two-year battle with cancer. He was 58. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the passing on national television, saying that Chavez had died at 4:25 p.m. His death followed repeated treatments for pelvic cancer in Cuba, the country of his idol Fidel Castro, where his condition was first diagnosed in June 2011.
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NEWS
August 23, 1998 | Associated Press
Opposition chancellor candidate Gerhard Schroeder entered the final stretch of his election campaign Saturday by pledging to restore programs to help the most vulnerable members of society. Schroeder, the front-runner for the Sept. 27 vote, confidently predicted he will unseat Chancellor Helmut Kohl. If he does, it will be partly with promises to repeal unpopular cuts to the welfare state. Schroeder, a Social Democrat, fired off forceful, fist-shaking speeches in Berlin, Munich and Bonn.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics? If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative causes, the latter to liberal. In either case, you're wrong. The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson. The son of Greek immigrants, Peterson, 86, served as Commerce secretary under President Nixon, then became chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros.
NEWS
February 8, 1987 | ROBERT SHOGAN, Times Political Writer
In a curtain raiser for release of his welfare reform proposals later this week, President Reagan told Americans on Saturday in his weekly radio address that "we must make dramatic changes in the old unworkable government programs."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1990 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is an economist in Agoura Hills and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington.
O, what a tangled web it weaves, when first the Bush Administration practices to deceive. Why is the President about to abandon his "read my lips" doctrine? Do not be fooled by the sudden "concern" on the part of Bush about the budget deficit, which in combination with the "no new taxes" pledge has served the Administration's stated ends admirably.
NEWS
March 1, 2002 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New research examining the well-being of children under welfare reform suggests that teenagers perform worse in school when their mothers go to work, possibly because they are left with household chores and baby-sitting. In contrast, grade-school children seem to benefit from mothers working as long as their families continue to receive some level of government financial aid.
NEWS
December 15, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson on Saturday castigated the Legislature's Democratic leaders for opposing his budget-balancing plan without offering an alternative of their own, and renewed his call for an initiative that would cut welfare benefits. Speaking before the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., named after the author of California's Proposition 13, the governor also said he would support the 1978 tax-cutting initiative in its challenge before the U. S. Supreme Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eager to repay society for his success, a self-made immigrant millionaire in the San Fernando Valley has started what is believed to be the first welfare program in the nation run by a businessman. Dan Sandel of Devon Industries is offering 50 homeless people a job in his Chatsworth surgical supplies factory and a virtually free place to live for up to nine months. But for all his good intentions, Sandel is finding that it surprisingly difficult to help the down and out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1994 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fingerprinting welfare recipients has saved Los Angeles County $4.5 million in a single month and could yield as much as $116 million in savings over the next 2 1/2 years, according to an evaluation of an experimental anti-fraud program. The program, a potential national model, is designed to ensure that applicants for Aid to Families With Dependent Children are not using fake IDs to receive more than one set of benefits a month.
HEALTH
June 20, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Ron Paul, a staunch opponent of federal welfare programs, acknowledged Wednesday that he receives Social Security checks, shortly after advocating that younger generations opt out of the program. Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Paul was asked by Huffington Post's Sam Stein whether he should set an example for younger Americans and opt out of the program entirely. Paul, refusing the notion, compared the program to other common goods such as the post office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2012
Some major cuts proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan Monday: Health care for the indigent -- $1.2 billion State welfare programs -- $880 million Funding for trial courts -- $544 million State worker pay -- $402 million Additional cuts proposed if voters reject higher taxes: Public schools, community colleges -- $5.5 billion UC and CSU systems -- $500 million ($250 million each) Programs for the developmentally disabled -- $50 million Source: California Department of Finance
OPINION
August 8, 2011
It starts with the death of a child. There is no event more tragic than the death of an innocent due to an adult's abuse or neglect. Now add government — too blind to the needs of its most vulnerable charges, perhaps, or too prone to snatch children from their homes and too unwilling or too clueless to help troubled families. The final ingredient: Public outrage and demands for change. For decades, those were the factors that determined child welfare policy. High-profile cases of abuse at the hands of violent or addicted parents resulted in panic and waves of removals, supposedly in the interests of child safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2011
Taxes Gov. Jerry Brown wants voters to renew $9 billion in higher sales, income and vehicle taxes in a special election this spring. The Legislature passed the increases as part of the 2009 budget, and they will otherwise expire by the end of June. Lawmakers' approval would be needed to put the extension on the ballot. Brown would ask voters to prolong a 0.25-percentage point surcharge on state income taxes, a 0.5-percentage-point increase in the vehicle license fee, a 1-cent increase in the state sales tax rate and a reduction in the tax credit for dependents, from $300 to $99. In May 2009, voters rejected a two-year extension of the same taxes in a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The Legislature's chief budget analyst advised lawmakers Tuesday to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to eliminate the state's welfare program and end subsidized daycare for hundreds of thousands of low-income children. Legislative analyst Mac Taylor, whom both Democrats and Republicans look to for guidance on state spending, suggested lawmakers instead cut other programs and raise taxes modestly to close California's $19.1-billion budget deficit. Welfare and child care "are core pieces of the state's safety net, and we therefore recommend that the Legislature reject these proposals," Taylor wrote in an assessment of Schwarzenegger's plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2010
Major program reductions in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for closing the state's estimated $19.1-billion budget gap: $1.6 billion — Eliminate the CalWorks welfare program $1.2 billion — Eliminate day care for 142,000 low-income children $1.2 billion — Borrow funds earmarked for transportation $523 million — Cut Medi-Cal healthcare program for the poor $445.7 million — Impose mandatory day off for state workers each month $637 million — Reductions in home care for elderly and disabled $602 million — Eliminate most state funding for county mental health services $248 million — Put some state prisoners and juvenile parolees under county supervision Source: State Department of Finance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on oil dollars, died Tuesday in Caracas after a nearly-two-year battle with cancer. He was 58. Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the passing on national television, saying that Chavez had died at 4:25 p.m. His death followed repeated treatments for pelvic cancer in Cuba, the country of his idol Fidel Castro, where his condition was first diagnosed in June 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The infant mortality rate in the Antelope Valley is twice that of the rest of Los Angeles County, mainly because of a lack of prenatal care and the limited transportation options, authorities said Wednesday. The statistic was part of a report being released today by the county's Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, which provides an annual analysis of childhood deaths by accident, suicide, abuse and other causes. The infant death rate was 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld and Richard Simon
For Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, blasting the federal government for California's problems has become an oft-used routine since his first days in office. But in a new twist, federal officials are firing back. The bicoastal fusillade, which continued Monday, began last week when Schwarzenegger attributed part of the state's $20-billion deficit to what he called an unfair federal funding formula, criticized the national healthcare plan and included an implicit message of extortion for federal lawmakers in his budget: Come up with an extra $6.9 billion for California or share the blame for eliminating state programs for children, the elderly, the disabled and the poor.
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