Work for Welfare

California tries a new approach

! The issue has divided liberals and conservatives for decades. But lawmakers from both ends of California's political spectrum have joined forces to approve a new approach to the vexing problem of welfare. The beneficiary of this bipartisan harmony is Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN), a program that would require many able-bodied welfare recipients to accept training and jobs along with their government checks. California's work-for-welfare, or workfare, bill won in the state senate by a vote of 32 to 2 and in the assembly by 60 to 9. Last week Republican Governor George Deukmejian signed the measure into law.


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