SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown drew the praise of Supervisor Neil Derry today upon learning that his updated budget proposal would slash welfare benefits in San Bernardino County. Under Brown’s current plan, the county would lose approximately $60 million in funding for welfare programs.
When you consider the fact that the county spends approximately $100 million a year on welfare benefits just to the children of illegal aliens and that almost half of the residents in the entire City of San Bernardino receive benefits, it is quite clear that the county has a major issue with the number of households receiving government assistance.
“The taxpayers in my district are fed up with hearing radio commercials encouraging people to get on the public dole while they work hard to make ends meet and feel insulted when politicians and bureaucrats argue that federal welfare funds stimulate the economy,” Supervisor Derry stated. “We should be shrinking the size of government and doing everything we can to encourage those on welfare to become productive members of our society.”
Taxpayers are appalled that their government, at the same time it is telling them that their taxes need to be raised, is actually recruiting individuals to seek free handouts.
“Governor Brown should go all the way and implement the welfare reforms passed by Congress in 1996,” Derry said. “Welfare was designed to be a temporary source of help for those in need, not a permanent lifestyle.”
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