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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.
June 28, 1988
Welfare reform--with its emphasis on education, training and jobs--holds out great promise for millions of poor mothers and their children. To make good on that promise, Congress must adequately fund the massive child-care, remedial-education and job-training and -placement programs needed to help poor families reach the first rung on the ladder of opportunity. Changing a way of life for even a fraction of 4 million poor families won't be cheap.
December 10, 1994
Re "Homeless? Hungry? It's All Your Fault," Column Left, Dec. 1: Left-wing scholars like Roger Boesche, not living in the real world, miss the point. Newt Gingrich and other conservatives are as compassionate as the good professor with regard to hunger and homelessness. Their approach to improve the situation is different! It may not be the fault of the people who find themselves in these difficult situations; however, it is definitely not other citizens' fault. Everyone makes choices every day that generally determine your position down the road.
January 4, 1999
Welfare rolls are at their lowest level in nearly three decades. The exodus is credited to tough welfare reform, a decline in the teen pregnancy rate and a vibrant economy that absorbed the most employable adults. Now comes the tougher challenge: employment of hard-core, long-term recipients who have neither the skill nor much will to work.
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.
August 8, 2012 | By Seema Mehta and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. - Courting frustrated middle-class voters, Mitt Romney accused President Obama on Tuesday of trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients, feeding a "culture of dependency" and undermining a hard-fought bipartisan agreement that is credited with reducing poverty in America. "I hope you understand President Obama in just the last few days has tried to reverse that accomplishment by taking the work requirement out of welfare," Romney told supporters gathered in a precision machining factory in this Chicago suburb hours after he unveiled an ad on the subject.
August 27, 1999 | MATT SURMAN
KCLU-FM (88.3) will air a discussion of welfare reform in the tri-counties Saturday, followed Wednesday by a one-hour special titled "The Vanishing Safety Net: Three Families Under California's Welfare Reform." "Dialogues," a public affairs show hosted by George Castelle, will have guests from the West Ventura Job and Career Center and Santa Barbara's social services office discussing welfare changes in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
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