Luke Shaefer

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Co-Author of “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

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When President Bill Clinton spoke in the White House Rose Garden on August 22, 1996, he claimed, “today we are taking an historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be.

20 years since welfare reform, are the poor better off?

When President Bill Clinton spoke in the White House Rose Garden on August 22, 1996, he claimed, “today we are taking an historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be.

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