Welfare Experiments

September 16, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 34
Are states leading the way toward national reform?
By Susan Kellam


Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with the national welfare system, Bill Clinton pledged an “end to welfare as we know it” during the 1992 presidential campaign. Now it appears unlikely that Congress will act this year on the welfare reforms proposed by Clinton. That means the states will continue to set the pace on reform. In recent years the states have been experimenting with a wide range of programs -- from limiting benefits to two years to denying additional benefits to welfare parents who have more children. Some observers say these and other state experiments, typically being tested in one or two counties or communities, will show the country what works and what doesn't. But others question the use of states as testing grounds at the expense of people in need.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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
State, Local, and Intergovernmental Relations
Welfare and Welfare Reform