California bishops back push to end childhood poverty

California Catholic Conference joins press conference in support of package of legislation that would increase state funding for multiple services to children and low-income families

Assemblymember Autumn Burke, author of AB1520 (image from a62.asmdc.org)

Last week, on the first official day of the new California legislative session, the California Catholic Conference (CCC) joined numerous faith leaders and lawmakers at a press event to introduce several ambitious recommendations aimed at curbing childhood poverty in the state.

The measures are based on the recently released report by The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force. The Task Force was established by AB 1520 last session and charged with developing a comprehensive, data-based plan that lays the groundwork to end child poverty in California. AB 1520 was sponsored by GRACE and closely supported by the CCC.

“California is the fifth largest economy in the world…and yet we continue to have the highest poverty rate in the nation,” said Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), who championed AB 1520 last session.

The large press event was attended by eight California legislators as well as approximately 50 faith and business leaders committed to the campaign. The Daughters of Charity, founded by Saint Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul, are major sponsors of the campaign to end childhood poverty.  

Legislators will be introducing bills to carry out the recommendations in the Task Force’s report, which concluded that California must significantly increase funding to strengthen early childcare and development, housing, health care, and the overall social safety net for low-income families.   Other bills will create the New Targeted Child Tax Credit and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and CalWorks programs.  In addition, some of the legislation will deal with childcare, health care, and home visits.

Full story at California Catholic Conference.

Comments

  1. One way would be to stop dragging children across the border to ensure Welfare.

  2. The bishops had an opening to talk about the tragedy of single-parent families, partly due to men fleeing their responsibility to father their children but more often the disregard for Christian values on sex and marriage in general. I would have expected our glorious legislators to think through the consequences of such violations of the Natural Law, spurned on by the bishops. Maybe the CCC tried, and maybe they didn’t– the article doesn’t say.

  3. California does not have the highest poverty rate in the nation.

  4. Bishops are more and more just Democrat activists and politicians in vestments and miters. Do they really think we listen to them anymore? After McCarrick? After Wuerl? After Cupich? After all that has gone on to destroy their credibility?

  5. As California continues it march to a fully socialized economy it would be good for all involved to reflect on what Venezuela used for light before candles – electricity.

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