Meg Whitman's agenda says "While California has roughly 12 percent of the nation's population, our state has 32 percent of all the welfare caseloads." Part of her plan is to cut welfare programs to fund higher education. According to Statemaster.com, California has 1.243 caseloads per 100 residents (12.4 percent). According to the Census, total U.S. welfare spending equals $404.6 billion; California state and local welfare spending is $50.98 billion (12.6 percent).
According to the Public Policy Institute of New York, nine other states have a higher per capita welfare cost than California, including New York.
Unless someone can show me otherwise, I assume "32 percent of caseloads" is exaggerated, misleading and inflammatory. I am sure there is room for improvement and savings in California's welfare system, but it does no one any good to use emotions and scare tactics to scare up votes. Welfare reform should be based on thoughtful discussion and realistic figures.