Welfare, Work and the States

December 6, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 45
Can states move welfare recipients into jobs?
By Christopher Conte


In one bold stroke, the federal government has terminated its 61- year-old welfare program and given the states the leading role in charting welfare policy. But Washington also has made clear that it expects the states to help many more welfare recipients go to work. This adds up to an enormous challenge for states. Welfare-to-work efforts and public employment traditionally have cost more than simply writing benefit checks for welfare recipients. But federal spending for training and welfare promises to decline over time. Moreover, states will have to face the prospect that many welfare recipients could eventually lose welfare benefits completely, even though they may be unable to find jobs that pay enough for them to become self- sufficient.

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
Unemployment and Employment Programs
Welfare and Welfare Reform