A January 23rd article in the San Francisco Chronicle cited the Rose Institute’s study done in conjunction with the Voice of San Diego on welfare and social services spending in counties across California. Titled “Shift to local control of services concerns many,” the article discusses concerns regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to shift responsibility for many programs to local governments.
The article reads, “the crux of the issue is that, although the state oversees social services such as welfare and Medi-Cal, California’s 58 counties have leeway in who qualifies for those programs and how much they pay. A study this year by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government showed inequities in how counties distribute welfare and social services dollars . . . Of the state’s 12 largest counties, the study showed, San Diego enrolls the lowest percentage of eligible people for Medi-Cal, food stamps and the state’s welfare-to-work program. Just 47 percent of estimated eligible adults are enrolled in Medi-Cal in San Diego compared with 102 percent in San Francisco. Actual enrollment can exceed eligibility estimates, which are not exact.”
The article quotes the study which reads, “compared to other counties in the study, San Diego denies the highest percentage of applicants for both food stamps and CalWORKS.”