Welfare Reform: Success or Failure?

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President Clinton promised to change Welfare as we knew it-and, along with Congress, he did. Now, the welfare rolls are dropping as never before, as former recipients go to work. But poverty is hardly a thing of the past. In fact, the poorest of all Americans are worse off than before. So, has Welfare Reform succeeded or failed? Researchers are giving conflicting answers to that question after looking at LA County-which has more welfare cases than any place else in the country. It turns out that the same numbers produce very different conclusions. Today, we'll ask, is the glass half empty or half full? What are the national implications of LA's experience? And, will Welfare Reform play a role in this year's presidential campaign?
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton