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Welfare - Not Doing So Well

posted Feb 18, 2012, 3:45 PM by Karthik R   [ updated Feb 18, 2012, 3:47 PM ]
For the past year or so, Congress has been debating our nation's welfare structure, as part of larger reforms. Unfortunately, not all ideas appear to be in the best interest of welfare recipients. Some politicians have proposed giving the states block grants, rather than paying states based on the number of eligible participants. This means that per person benefits could be cut if less total money is spread out over the same number of people.

The problem is, that half of welfare recipients are children, and the already meager benefits provide little room for eating fresh fruits and vegetables. With the average benefit at $133 per month, it is easy to see how this money could run out even when buying cheap, filling foods. Now, the recession-induced welfare boost will lapse this year, and children in low-income Nevada families will be seeing even fewer colors filling their plates.

For more information, see http://www.economist.com/node/18958475.