Philadelphia, State Should Strike Deal to Make Welfare Reform Work

Welfare policy is not antipoverty policy. The goal of federal welfare reform is that welfare recipients work, not that their earnings raise them out of poverty or even that their earnings rise at all. In general, cash benefits provide less than half the income that defines poverty – the average cash grant is just $4,800 per year. Given this harsh fact, those debating welfare reform in Pennsylvania have two choices…READ MORE

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