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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 att...

Brazen Republican Message: It's Cool to Be Cruel

Pat LaMarche | Posted 08.11.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.04.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Tackle Scourge Of Welfare In Weed Stores

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next week the U.S. House of Representatives will likely consider legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and maybe a bill to autho...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than i...

Arthur Delaney

This Week In Making Poor People Pee

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced this week that certain poor people in the state will have to relieve themselves if they want to get...

A Pathway to Nowhere: Why Paul Ryan's Plan Will Not Reduce Poverty Now or Ever

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

The biggest problem with Ryan's plan, besides its potential to become a bureaucratic nightmare, is that it was tried once before under President Bill Clinton in 1996 with welfare reform and was met with mixed results.

Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time

Bob Greenstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his "Opportunity Grant" would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised.

Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model for Other Safety Net Programs

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

A careful examination of the record, however, indicates that the 1996 law's results were mixed and that if the goal is to reduce poverty, especially among the most disadvantaged families and children, there are serious downsides to embracing the 1996 law as a model.

Arthur Delaney

The Latest State To Make Poor People Pass Drug Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits. A new law taking effect this week ...

Shadee Ashtari

GOP Lawmakers Move To Block Food Stamps From Buying Pot Brownies

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

If a new bill proposed by House Republicans is any indication, drug warriors are finding it harder and harder to whip up moral outrage over marijuana ...

President Bush Was Right

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.28.2014 | Crime
Preeti Vissa

Think about this: The vast majority of prisoners get out eventually, having paid their penalty, and most emerge with no job, little or no savings, and possibly even no home.

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Shutting Down Families in Need

Sid Mohn | Posted 12.22.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Congress will once again be forced to deal with these same issues. And as we anticipate these conversations, I and many of my colleagues wonder -- can we count on them to keep families in poverty from falling into hunger, homelessness, and danger in the middle of winter?