Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Twenty Years Since Welfare Reform, So How’s It Doing?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Monday marks twenty years since the US ended one long-running social services experiment and started a new one. In 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law a ‘welfare reform’ bill, and despite dire predictions, the reform measure performed well for many years.

Welfare reform gave states broad latitude over cash grants to the poor, known as TANF’s. In Pennsylvania, the state added job search rules over the years. Kristen Dama of Community Legal Services said it hinders access for the families most in need.