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No, Welfare Is Not an Appealing Alternative to Work

Twenty years after federal welfare reform, cash assistance is becoming rare in many states, and provides little help to those who get it.

The One Thing We Can All Agree On: Welfare Reform Worked

Even liberal-leaning USA Today admits that welfare reform worked: Twenty years ago, a Democratic president and a Republican Congress replaced a welfare system that fostered dependence with one that encouraged

Did Welfare Reform Increase Naturalizations?

The 1996 Welfare Reform Act (PRWORA) made it more difficult for non-citizens to access means-tested welfare benefits.  However, that law also allowed states to use their own funds to extend means-tested welfare benefits to non-citizens...Show More Summary

Welfare Reform Worked

Over the last few years, liberals have become more and more convinced that the welfare reform of 1996 immiserated the poorest Americans. Scott Winship of the Manhattan Institute has a new paper arguing that many measures of child poverty have dropped since that reform. Show More Summary

20 Years Since Welfare 'Reform,' Cont'd

Yesterday marked 20 years since Bill Clinton’s controversial welfare reform bill went into effect, replacing America’s old safety…

20 Years Since Welfare 'Reform'

America’s poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago today.

The Racist Roots of Welfare Reform

A recent UNICEF report found that the U.S. ranked 34th on the list of 35 developed countries surveyed on the well-being of children. According to the Pew Institute, children under the age of 18 are the most impoverished age population of Americans, and African-American children are almost four times as likely as white children to be in poverty. Show More Summary

Did Welfare Reform Really Throw 3.5 Million Children Into Third World Poverty?

Robert Rector Politics, A big anniversary with even bigger implications?  Today is the 20th anniversary of welfare reform. Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation...Show More Summary

Welfare Reform Is 20 Years Old and It's Worse Than You Can Imagine

Last year, Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi made a decision that could disrupt the lives of nearly 84,000 of his state's poorest residents. There was no public announcement or debate. It took a critical report by advocates and a swell in media coverage to alert policy circles to what was coming. Show More Summary

Black Women Were Too Lazy to Find Work and 4 Other Myths of Welfare Reform

Welfare reform is 20 years old. On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), “ending welfare as we know it.” Strategically placed next to him for the photo was Lillie Harden, an African-American mother from Little Rock, Ark., who had spent two years on welfare but now […]

20 years on, here’s how welfare reform held back immigrants’ children — in some states

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reauthorization Act, promising famously to “end welfare as we know it.” The goal was to ease poor people away from depending on government and encourage them to work instead. The main achievement of “welfare reform,” as it was better […]

The Truth About How Many Americans Are Living on Less Than $2 a Day

Leah Jessen Politics, What you need to know.  Over the last 20 years, welfare reform has reduced poverty trends, national welfare experts say. President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. Show More Summary

Welfare Reform at 20: A Block Grant is No Way to Help Children in Poverty

Welfare reform” turns 20 this month and that’s nothing to celebrate. While the redesigned program, now called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or “TANF,” is charged with helping low-income families with dependent children build a better life, it has fallen short of that promise. Show More Summary

States ease access to welfare and food stamps for convicted drug felons

The changes come amid broader efforts in Washington and many states to reform drug policies and criminal justice approaches. And they reflect a growing consensus that helping people when they are released from prison can increase the chances that they don’t end up going back. Show More Summary

The Near Impossibility of Moving Up After Welfare

In the wake of welfare reform, unemployed people are pushed to quickly find work, any work. But too often those jobs lead nowhere.

The return of Abbott

Tony Abbott lost his leadership in part by pushing too hard on unpopular measures he thought necessary - especially spending cuts and needed welfare reforms…

Maximum Family Grant Dead in California

The welfare reform movement of the 1990s really was the political peak of the white backlash that began having political success in the mid-1960s, when the civil rights movement came to the north and west, outraging whites in those regions with demands for the end of de facto segregation, the end of police violence against […]

Congressional Reassertion

Last week, I noted around here that the House Republican agenda, now being rolled out in stages, is both impressive and tragic. The substance, particularly on welfare and regulatory reform, has been quite good on the whole. But thisShow More Summary

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