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Andrew C (✔)
Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2012...
"Faced with flat federal financing and rising need, Arizona is one of 16 states that have cut their welfare caseloads further since the start of the recession -- in its case, by half. Even as it turned away the needy, Arizona spent most of its federal welfare dollars on other programs, using permissive rules to plug state budget gaps." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The poor people who were dropped from cash assistance here, mostly single mothers, talk with surprising openness about the desperate, and sometimes illegal, ways they make ends meet. They have sold food stamps, sold blood, skipped meals, shoplifted, doubled up with friends, scavenged trash bins for bottles and cans and returned to relationships with violent partners -- all with children in tow. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Arizona spends most of the federal money on other human services programs, especially foster care and adoption services, while using just one-third for cash benefits and work programs -- the core purposes of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. If it did not use the federal welfare money, the state would have to finance more of those programs itself. "Yes, we divert -- divert's a bad word," said State Representative John Kavanagh, a Republican and chairman of the Arizona House Appropriations Committee. "It helps the state." While federal law allows such flexibility, critics say states neglect poor families to patch their own finances. Nationally, only 30 percent of the welfare money is spent on cash benefits. " - Andrew C (✔)
It's like that here in CA, too. It's funny that no one wants to talk about it unless they blame the poor for being poor. - Anika