THE GREAT AMERICAN WELFARE LAB

WISCONSIN HAS CUT ITS ROLLS BY HALF. MANY FORMER RECIPIENTS ARE WORKING, BUT WHERE HAVE THE REST OF THEM GONE?

Something startling has been happening every day at the Department of Human Services building at 12th and Vliet in downtown Milwaukee. Large numbers of poor people who qualify for welfare grants are deciding they don't want them. Under Wisconsin's welfare reforms, new applicants are told they will need to put in 60 hours looking for a job before they can receive their first check and that to stay on the rolls they will need to perform 30 to 35 hours of work assignments a week. "We probably get an average of one or two people a day who stand up and...

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