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Programs for the Poor Become Poor Programs

By Matthew Yglesias on July 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

"Programs for the Poor Become Poor Programs"

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DC, just like a real state, has a budget gap that needs closing and it looks like the administration is planning to do it largely by cutting services to the poor. Some of these programs, based on what I’ve heard, are pretty ineffective as is so cutting them may not do much harm. But I’ve never heard anyone complain that there’s anything wrong with, for example, DC’s program to finance legal services for poor people. It’s just the kind of thing that’s politically vulnerable and winds up getting cut when times are bad.

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