Welfare Cutting the Costs

California's Pete Wilson offers a sweeping plan to slash payments and change the behavior of the poor

Pete Wilson is delivering a stark message this Christmas season to 2.2 million welfare recipients in California: It's becoming too expensive to support you. Facing a $3.6 billion deficit (over and above last year's $14 billion), the Republican Governor has called for an amendment to the state constitution granting him power to delete $600 million worth of social service programs from the state budget.

Wilson's proposal is a combination of fiscal conservatism and enforced behavioral modification for those who receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children, a program that costs the state $6 billion each year. If approved by a majority...

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