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January 23, 1991|TANYA GREEN | TANYA GREEN, 27, of Los Angeles is the mother of three and a recipient of support payments through Aid to Families with Dependent Children . Commenting on Gov. Pete Wilson's proposal to cut AFDC payments by 9%--a proposal that would allow recipients to work part time to cover the reduction--she told The Times: and

Gov. Wilson's proposal would create short-term problems for me because I'm a single parent. I just recently had a child--the baby's 6 months old--and I have a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old.

I had to give up my job last April because I was having difficulties with my pregnancy. I wasn't eligible for benefits on that job. I gave up the job to get (medical) coverage.

Allowing people to work to make up for any loss in (welfare) income makes sense. By working, parents set a good example for their children. However, it can be difficult to find reliable child care at an affordable price. However, if you don't have infants and your youngest child is 6 years old, you should be ready to work.

I could go back to work if this proposal passes, but there will be controversy because some people don't have any job skills.

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