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Doubling of Extreme Poverty Belies Welfare Reform Success Claims

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

As Congress seeks agreement on overhauling Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), lawmakers must address TANF's dismal failure to help the poorest Americans, many of whom are desperately trying to find work, living on just $2 a day.

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

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 ...

Missouri Senate Overrides Veto Of Welfare Restrictions Bill

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

The Missouri Senate voted on Monday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that severely restricts welfare eligibility, potentially cutting benef...

Arthur Delaney

Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are Pisstory | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to pr...

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Brownback To Sign Law Banning Welfare Dollars From Cruise Ships | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) will sign legislation banning poor people from spending welfare dollars on cruise ships and in other unsavory venues, th...

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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...

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GOP Files #TBT Bill To Rekindle Forgotten Welfare Fight | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some issues are just too good for politicians to let go. For instance, Republicans vote to defund ACORN almost annually, even though the...

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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...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Tackle Scourge Of Welfare In Weed Stores | 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...

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Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform | 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...

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This Week In Making Poor People Pee | 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...

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 | 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 ...

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Rick Scott Has Pissed Away $400,000 Defending His Drug Test Schemes | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has spent nearly $400,000 in taxpayer dollars defending his various drug testing schemes, the American Civil...

Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics

Dec 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the co...

Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Now!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Most Americans are wrapping up their holiday celebrations and pondering the promise of 2014. But millions of Americans who have been struggling the longest to find work in our slowly recovering economy are now facing deep uncertainty and despair instead of a Happy New Year.

North Carolina Republicans Override Welfare Drug Test Veto

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

The North Carolina GOP is having a big fight over making poor people pee in cups. First, Republicans in the state legislature, with some Democrati...

Welfare Drug Tests Flop In Utah

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Utah's welfare drug testing scheme has yielded only a dozen positive results since the program started last year, though it may have deterred some fro...

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Republican Governor Vetoes Welfare Drug Test Bill | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Welfare drug tests won't take their place alongside abortion restrictions and voter identification requirements in North Carolina's rece...

Medicaid Block Grants: A Zombie Idea With Lipstick in Texas

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

States with growing populations, such as Texas, or states often in the pathway of natural disasters, such as Texas, or states with a disproportionate share of low wage jobs, such as Texas, would be most negatively impacted by a federally-imposed block grant.

The Cutting Of Welfare Benefits ToTennessee's Underperforming Children

Terrance Dean | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Terrance Dean

It's unfortunate that the legislators find it more beneficial to continue to oppress, marginalize, and penalize those in poverty, rather than use those resources to produce better educational systems.