Welfare Reform

August 3, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 27
Are former welfare recipients better off today?
By Sarah Glazer

Introduction

Gina Minton, a mother of seven, got off welfare through a welfare-to-work program. She is a greeter at the Goodwill Working Solutions office in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Scott Martin)
Gina Minton, a mother of seven, got off welfare through a welfare-to-work program. She is a greeter at the Goodwill Working Solutions office in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Martin)

The destitution among children and single mothers that liberals predicted when welfare was overhauled in 1996 has not come to pass. Conservatives credit the sweeping welfare reforms with a historic rise in employment among former welfare mothers. But many remain in poverty. When welfare reform comes up for reauthorization in Congress next year, Republicans will argue for trimming funding, since half as many people are on welfare. But Democrats will argue for generous funding to help those still unable to work and to assist new workers with child care and other work expenses. More aid may be forthcoming, now that welfare mothers have become the “working poor” — a group the American public is far more willing to help.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Welfare
Aug. 2010  Social Welfare in Europe
Aug. 03, 2001  Welfare Reform
Dec. 06, 1996  Welfare, Work and the States
Sep. 16, 1994  Welfare Experiments
Apr. 10, 1992  Welfare Reform
Oct. 10, 1986  Working on Welfare
Mar. 09, 1984  Social Welfare Under Reagan
Apr. 17, 1981  European Welfare States Under Attack
Dec. 09, 1977  Welfare in America and Europe
Nov. 21, 1975  Future of Welfare
Dec. 20, 1967  Welfare Reform
Jun. 08, 1966  Guaranteed Income Plan
Oct. 04, 1961  Public Welfare Policy
Mar. 09, 1954  Worker Welfare Funds
Jul. 20, 1950  Welfare State
May 07, 1947  Union Welfare Funds
Jan. 10, 1940  Expansion of the Food-Stamp Plan
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Welfare and Welfare Reform
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