The Silent Welfare Reforms

Many states are finding creative ways to cut the rolls

Peggy Davis, 34, manager of a Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken restaurant in Milwaukee, weaned herself from welfare after 16 years, so she figures that other moms can quit the dole too. "It's beautiful to be working," she says, before hefting a batch of chicken into the deep-fat fryer. "Some mothers don't want to do anything with their life. But it ain't worth lazying around."

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