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http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jackson-californi...

"California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

The generous spending... has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.

The state’s poverty problem is unlikely to improve while policymakers remain unwilling to unleash the engines of economic prosperity that drove California to its golden years.

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