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Committee on Economic Development on Welfare Reform

June 1, 2016
By Committee on Economic Development (unsigned)

The next Administration and Congress will hold the key to successfully transforming welfare from a system whose watch words were entitlement and dependence to one whose goals are responsibility and opportunity So far, the 1996 welfare reforms have met

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The next Administration and Congress will hold the key to successfully transforming welfare from a system whose watch words were entitlement and dependence to one whose goals are responsibility and opportunity So far, the 1996 welfare reforms have met with significant, if uneven, success. But the next phase of reform will pose more challenges as state programs grapple with helping harder-to- employ recipients find jobs, particularly when the unusually strong labor market of 1997-2000 weakens. Finding realistic, sustainable solutions to these challenges will be the key to fully meeting what CED holds to be welfare reform’s three goals: personal responsibility, employment, and the reduction of poverty.