Welfare (Opposing Viewpoints) by David M. Haugen

By David M. Haugen

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They fail to credit the Democratic-led efforts 56 Is Welfare Reform Working? predating it and laying the groundwork for its early, if mixed, success. For example, one of the most important reforms came with the 1993 expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Another important policy lever was congressional passage and enactment in 1996 of a federal minimum wage hike. Moreover, the conservative “pat on the back” for the 1996 law is belied by this reality: Almost half of the much-heralded decline in cash assistance caseloads occurred after the EITC expansion—and before implementation of the Temporary Assistance grants.

Rather than make substantial changes of uncertain wisdom, we believe that Congress should reauthorize welfare reform along the lines of the 1996 legislation. ” Welfare Reform Has Not Helped Poor Single Mothers Randy Albelda and Heather Boushey Randy Albelda is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Heather Boushey is a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, an organization promoting public education and professional research on national issues.

It provided disincentives to employment, treated people poorly, and didn’t provide enough income to support a family. But, the current system isn’t working very well, either. Too many families struggle too hard in a country that has enormous wealth. Ten years later, many low-income working families are wondering when we will insist that work should work for families—that jobs pay enough to afford the basics, that they come with health care and access to paid sick leave, and that every parent has access to safe, affordable and enriching child care for their children while they’re at work.

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