New Report: Another Change to Welfare as We Know It

Posted by on September 15, 2006

[posted from PathwaysPA newsletter]

Another Change to Welfare as We Know It

Ten years ago, President Clinton signed a bill designed to change welfare to a work-oriented program known as TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. To mark the tenth anniversary of this law, many articles have been written about the success and failure of this plan. However, in recent weeks, new regulations have again changed welfare, and not necessarily for the better.

The new regulations provide a ?work first? approach to welfare by redefining many TANF activities and decreasing educational opportunities. The new rules may prevent Pennsylvania?s TANF families from receiving the training needed for well-paying jobs, and may preclude the Commonwealth from instituting or keeping innovative programs to help those families.

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