Can Workfare Really Work?

States are in a bind as federal mandates collide with reality

When Bill Clinton proposed in 1992 to "end welfare as we know it," he envisioned $10 billion in new spending to help train welfare mothers and provide them with child care. Four years later, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility & Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, a monumental overhaul that ended 60 years of federal protection for poor mothers and children.

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