Posts tagged "welfare reform"

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?
I ran across this interesting article in The Globe and Mail: It’s about a new idea in social policy that’s had some success in other countries: giving the poor a lump sum of cash as support and trusting them to do what they like with it, rather than making them jump through hoops in social... Read more »

Illinois may kick families off welfare after three years

What happens to a poor family when they get kicked off welfare? 3,000 Illinois families may find out as of July 1st if the state goes ahead with its proposal to cut the budget by reducing the time limit for receiving cash assistance from five years to just three. It’s a way to save money... Read more »

Happy birthday, welfare reform

Happy birthday, welfare reform
I suppose quite a few parents take a look at their zit-covered, moody teenager and think back to the cuddly, chubby baby they used to be. Seemed like a good idea at the time, they say with a sigh. The same could be said of welfare reform, which has its 15-year birthday this week. Back... Read more »
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Welfare reform 15 years on in Illinois

Welfare reform 15 years on in Illinois
“Today we are ending welfare as we know it. But I hope this day will be remembered not for what it ended but for what it began.” So said then-President Bill Clinton 15 years ago this Monday when he signed legislation that replaced Aid to Dependent Families with Children with the Temporary Assistance to Needy... Read more »

What the heck is the EITC?

A bunch of states are throwing around the idea of eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit. Why do they want to get rid of it, and what is it anyway? Today, a simple primer on the credit–whom it’s for, what it does, why it works, and why it’s on the chopping block. More at chicagoreporter.com... Read more »

What do you really know about welfare? Take our quiz.

When people hear the word “welfare,” they usually have a strong gut reaction. What’s yours? Compassion for needy people? Anger at misspent taxpayer money? Frustration at a system that doesn’t seem to help anyone? Wanting to help but not quite sure what welfare really does? There’s a reason we have strong reactions. Welfare pushes the... Read more »
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Five years, and you're done: D.C. moves to set strict welfare time limits

In a surprise move, representatives from the District of Columbia’s poorest areas put forward a controversial regulation that would limit a family’s access to all public assistance to five years. Food stamps, medicaid, child care assistance, housing vouchers, welfare, education, job training –if the government has a program to help you out, you’ve got a... Read more »

A welfare program that actually works is on the chopping block

We’ve gotten a lot of lousy news out of this recession: rising unemployment, skyrocketing poverty, beleaguered banks, political fights. But there’s at least one good thing that’s come out of it. But, even that could be over soon. It’s called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. You might recognize the first four... Read more »