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International Report Urges Sweden To Reform Failing School System

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- An international report says Sweden needs to urgently address the declining performance of its schools, a growing embarrassment for the Scandinavian welfare state. Swedes are used to seeing their nation rank near the...Show More Summary

State Cuts Welfare Rolls 80% by Doing Just One Small Thing…

Welfare reform is or should be a part of every conservative governor’s reform package.  Maine’s Paul LePage made one simple reform that cut the welfare rolls by 80%… Maine Gov.

Morning Bits

Listen up, 2016 hopefuls: “House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, responding to the troubles in Baltimore, said that another round of welfare reform is needed to help move the poor from government dependence to a job. ‘Just because we are for limited government, as Republicans, doesn’t mean that we are for no government. […]

MEGAN MCARDLE: Welfare Reform Was, and Still Is, a Good Idea. Yes, but the Democrats’ political st…

MEGAN MCARDLE: Welfare Reform Was, and Still Is, a Good Idea. Yes, but the Democrats’ political strategy requires a large, dependent, easily-mobilized underclass.

Cartoon: The personal shopping assistant

Click to enlarge. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare "reforms" into law. They're ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID...Show More Summary

A Day In The Life Of A Welfare Recipient, According To GOP Legislation

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

How do people who benefit from the government's safety net programs spend their money? If you based your understanding on some of the recent Republican proposals to reform those programs, you might think being on public assistance is a righteous party. However onerous the reality of being on welfare may be, Republicans in the U.S. Show More Summary

Welfare Reform and the Decline of Work

A recent paper suggests that over the past two decades there's been a decline in the desire of people outside the labor force to ever get jobs. Why? We conjecture that two mechanisms could explain these results. First, the EITC expansion raised family income and reduced secondary earners's (typically women) incentives to work. Show More Summary

With focus on re-election, Polish PM puts reforms on hold

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's center government will put major economic reforms on hold until after a parliamentary election at the end of the year, focusing instead on voter-friendly social and welfare issues, sources told Reuters.

One Parent Family Payment  Adjustment  – A Lesson in welfare reform for the Northern Ireland Assembly?

3 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

In the Republic, the current Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has introduced far reaching and controversial (to some) changes to One Parent Family Payment. In introducing these changes, she has tackled a particularly large payment made by her Department to those who are of working-age. She has done so against a concerted attack from more...

Kansas Isn't the Only State Turning Its Back on Poor Families

There's been a lot of attention focused on the welfare reform bill that legislators in Kansas passed last week because it was such an obviously demeaning jab at the poor. Along with strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores, and cruises ships,...Show More Summary

Welfare reform to take decades: Govt

Morrison says it would take a generation to get welfare system 'under control'.

Welfare reform a multi-decade job: Morrison

Social Services Minister says it would take a generation to get the welfare system 'under control'.

Kansas Legislature Bans Spending Welfare Money on Cruises

Last week, the Kansas legislature passed a welfare reform bill to limit access to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), a program that helps clothe and shelter children living in poverty. For one thing, the legislature put a lifetime limit of 36 months on TANF, when the federal limit is 60 months. Show More Summary

Kansas to ban welfare recipients from using benefits to pay for cruises, spas, lingerie, psychics

last monthNews : The Raw Story

When Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) returns to his office following the holiday weekend, he is expected to sign a welfare reform bill containing a laundry list of goods and services recipients will not be allowed to spend their benefits on — including going on cruises and paying for...

DLA, mental health, and the legacy of the Troubles

last monthNews : Slugger O'Toole

The debate surrounding welfare reform in Northern Ireland has gradually seen opinion divide into one of two camps; those who decry any reform of the system as “ruthless Tory cuts”, and those on the other hand who see the swelling ranks of those claiming DLA as evidence that the feckless and workshy are gaining a more...

The ASD and IZone Plan to Bankrupt Public Education and Destroy the Teaching Profession

The Commercial Appeal has a story today about the planned shuffling of schoolchildren to serve the needs of the corporate reform welfare artists who are lined up at the public school feeding trough in Memphis..... In three years, the ASD has taken 7,100 students and the $11,000 SCS would get each year for each student. Show More Summary

'Crazy Lefty Money'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is everything I can't stand in a supposed democratic politician. While working for President Bill Clinton, he helped institute welfare reform that made conservatives oogle with delight and also was the driving force...Show More Summary

Gerry Adams: “It is no skin off my nose not to meet the [US] State Department.”

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Did the US State Department cancel a planned meeting by a “high-level US state department official” with the Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, TD,  after Sinn Féin withdrew support for the welfare reform bill, as the BBC, and others, have been reporting?  His latest statement would tend to suggest that they did.  Here’s what the Sinn Féin press more...

David Cameron’s biggest losers

Why David Cameron is targeting the obese in his latest campaign to reform welfare The post David Cameron’s biggest losers appeared first on Macleans.ca....

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