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Governor, Democrats Differ On Approach To Welfare

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators have passed a budget, but Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are still trying to resolve their differences on welfare cuts.

They continued negotiating Monday over how much to cut from CalWORKS, the state’s welfare-to-work program.

The program serves about 1.4 million people, of which 1 million are children.

Brown wants to emphasize getting people back to work, while reducing aid for parents who aren’t meeting work requirements.

Democrats say it’s foolish to pay for job training when there aren’t enough jobs to go around. They would rather preserve cash grants.

The state Department of Social Services says the average family in January received $465 a month but parents can qualify for work training, child care and other services.

Lawmakers intend to act on budget details this week.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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