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January 4, 1987
More than 90 organizations, many of them distinguished by their long-term commitment to helping the poor and disadvantaged, have agreed on a statement of principles on welfare reform that is an appropriate guideline for the forthcoming debate both in the White House and in Congress.
July 21, 2001
Under welfare reform, those on welfare must go to work after five years. One in five recipients is exempted from those time limits for "good cause," such as poor health of the mother or a child. A new national study now suggests that for every mother excused for poor health, twice as many suffer from debilitating physical and mental ailments or are raising children who are so sick that their parents cannot possibly keep a job. Juggling a sick child with work is not a new challenge.
September 17, 1997 | Patrice Apodaca
The optimistic job-growth forecasts might be tempered by this observation: Orange County needs to provide 27,000 jobs for people coming off public assistance in the next few years due to welfare reform, according to the state Senate Office of Research. Some critics have said such estimates understate the true number because they don't account for new people coming onto the welfare rolls.
February 9, 1997
Re "Study Tracks Pay That Women Need to Escape Welfare," Jan. 28: What is wrong with this picture? First, the mothers could achieve self-sufficiency if the fathers were providing support. Secondly, another way of achieving this is to eliminate most of the costs of child care by teaming up with a partner (a.k.a. husband, parent or housemate) and working opposite shifts and caring for each other's children. This is how we did it when our children were young and this is how a lot of couples still do it today.
July 18, 1997
Re "State Welfare Negotiations: More Than the Bottom Line," editorial, July 10: Wake up! The year is 1997. It is very reasonable for someone to find and secure appropriate employment in a one-year period. Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to emphasize a "back to work" attitude is appropriate and just. Welfare rolls are shrinking around the country because recipients are being told to find work instead of having employment opportunities find them. The issue of mothers securing appropriate day care is of the utmost importance to the governor.
The number of Los Angeles County residents on welfare has fallen by almost a quarter in three years, the result of tough reform laws and a buoyant economy that has eased the transition to the workplace for the most able-bodied. But social scientists say progress may slow just as dramatically, as the most employable welfare recipients are eased out of the system, leaving behind families with more stubborn problems.
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