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Part One: Smart Solutions For Vulnerable Families Start With Context

Judith Sandalow | Posted 12.12.2016 | Impact
Judith Sandalow

I know it works because I see it every day. Communities succeed when children succeed. Children succeed when their parents succeed. But in a storm, even the most ferocious swimmer can't make it to shore without a lifeboat.

'Donald Trump Before Donald Trump Became Popular' Wants To Privatize Maine's Welfare

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

LePage sees the resemblance. He's called himself ''Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular," and "Baby Donald."

Moms Say, "Don't Make Policy About Us, Without Us!"

Linda Meric | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Linda Meric

Low-income moms know the truth of how policies fail, and their knowledge is critical to change them.

After 20 Years, TANF Provides Little to Poor Families

Ife Floyd | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Ife Floyd

Twenty years after Temporary Assistance for Needy Families' (TANF) inception, few poor families actually receive cash assistance under it and, for tho...

Living Up To Promises Made to Families In DC's Budget Negotiations

Judith Sandalow | Posted 05.20.2016 | DC
Judith Sandalow

It's time to stop pretending children can succeed when their parents don't.

Nothing Bill Clinton Said To Defend His Welfare Reform Is True

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

Everything Bill Clinton said Thursday to defend his 1996 welfare reform law was false. Clinton claimed that he left the program with plenty of money f...

West Virginia Lawmakers Want Welfare Drug Testing

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

Poor people who want welfare in West Virginia may soon be subject to drug testing. The state legislature this week approved a measure that would scree...

President's Budget Would Bolster TANF

Liz Schott | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Liz Schott

President Obama included in his budget an important initiative to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Paul Ryan's Plan to Merge Safety Net Programs Could Increase Poverty, Not Reduce It

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

When various Republican presidential candidates present their views on addressing poverty at a January 9 forum in South Carolina, some may seek to align themselves with House Speaker Paul Ryan's proposal to combine funding for numerous safety net programs into what would essentially be a mega-block grant to states. However, Paul Ryan's "Opportunity Grant" proposal carries substantial risk of increasing poverty, rather than reducing it.

John Kasich Pursuing Welfare Policy Republicans Hated In 2012

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The state of Ohio has asked the Obama administration for leeway from certain welfare rules that dictate what kinds of "work activities" ...

Facts Don't Support TANF's "Work-First" Approach

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

In today's increasingly skill-focused economy, work-first approaches that limit TANF recipients' opportunities to increase their skills through education and training hurt their chances of finding jobs and lifting themselves out of poverty.

This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. Whe...

Maine's Welfare Drug Tests Caught Just One Person, And That's Typical

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Early results are in for a new welfare drug testing regime in Maine: They caught the guy. From April through June, the state only atte...

Brazen Republican Message: It's Cool to Be Cruel

Pat LaMarche | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

This past week's FOX primetime debate showcased 10 well-fed stuffed suits bloviating about their talents. A defensive Donald Trump insisted that America's angry because of political correctness.

Arthur Delaney

The Kansas Welfare Rule That Went Too Far Even For Kansas | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are already revisiting a new law that imposed harsh restrictions on how the state's welfare recipients can use their benefits. Th...

Arthur Delaney

No Shame In Using The Safety Net, Americans Say | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans think poor people shouldn't feel ashamed for using the safety net, according to a new YouGov poll. Just 14 percent of...

Arthur Delaney

How Long Do People Stay On Public Benefits? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most poor people who avail themselves of a U.S. government safety net program are off benefits within three years, according to a govern...

Arthur Delaney

GOP's Big Government Welfare Reforms | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party generally favors individual liberty, but a predilection for big government looms large if individuals happen to be ...

How Racism Is Destroying the Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While the Tea Party, and Republicans, have denied that their war on the poor isn't racially biased, they occasionally slip up.

Nick Wing

A Day In The Life Of A Welfare Recipient, According To GOP Legislation | Nick Wing | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

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 Republica...

Arthur Delaney

Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in ATM cash withdrawals under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Br...

Arthur Delaney

12 More States Are Considering Drug Testing Welfare Applicants | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just 37 out of more than 16,000 welfare applicants failed drug tests during six months of testing in Tennessee, The Tennessean reported ...

Maine Moves Forward With Welfare Drug Testing

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is moving forward with a plan to make some welfare recipients take drug tests if they want cash benefits, The...

Arthur Delaney

Federal Court Rules Against Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ruled once again that Florida's short-lived effort to drug test all welfare applicants violated their constitutional...

Scott Walker Wants To Fight Feds Over Welfare Drug Tests

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has come out in favor of making poor people prove they're not on drugs if they want food stamps or unemp...