The State of America's Social Safety Net

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Congress went home without extending unemployment benefits as the fifty states of America face what may be their worst financial crisis since World War II. The shortfall is not solely the result of the current, flagging economy, but a byproduct of the prosperous 90-s, when states cut taxes and increased spending. Now, with a Washington bailout unlikely, state leaders are looking at increased taxes and spending cuts. The impact of such policy will, of course, be greatest on those who have the least. We look at the plight of the needy, coast to coast and from the Deep South to our urban centers and rural Midwest, with members of the National Governors' Association, Seattle-s Washington Kids Count, Nebraska-s Center for Rural Affairs, New Orleans Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and a staff writer for New York-s City Limits magazine.
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Warren Olney