CalWORKs advocates like Vivian Thorp say 100,000 California children would be hurt by the overhaul:
Thorp: "We can't allow this to happen! We can't. That's why we're here today. We're here to call on our leaders to find revenue solutions - not more cuts to essential programs like CalWORKs."
Brown's proposal would create three separate programs: CalWORKs Basic, with two years of job training for people looking for work; CalWORKs Plus, with more generous payments for people who FIND work; and a Child Maintenance Program, with smaller benefits for parents unable or unwilling to find work. The administration says the goal is to encourage welfare recipients to become self-sufficient more quickly - while saving the state $1.4 billion.