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Welfare Reform

By Kay Steiger

The Times reports that welfare rolls are experiencing a crunch as unemployment rises. We’re starting to see the effects of Clinton’s welfare reform plan in an economic recession. It just goes to show that attacking welfare while economic times seem to be doing well, cutting welfare reform is popular. Employment requirements become less tenable when unemployment overall rises. States like Michigan are experiencing some of worst problems becuase their unempoyment is some of the highest in the country. Women also seem to be hit the hardest — non-collee-educated women ages 20 to 24 are experiencing a rise in unemployment of 5 percent over last year. The answer isn’t just to increase spending, but we should have a welfare program that isn’t dependent on an unusually high performing economy.

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