New York: Strike in a Welfare State

New York City is, among other things, a small welfare state. It carries no less than 500,000 people on its welfare rolls—a number roughly equal to the whole population of Denver-ranging from homeless children to the helpless aged to mothers of large broods with absent and often unknown fathers. To support these people the city spends more than $1,100,000 every day in funds contributed by the federal, state and city governments. A hardy local economy scarcely benefits these chronically poor; instead of decreasing, the list of welfare cases grows by about 200 names a day.

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