Speakers On Welfare's End: Institute for Public Accuracy FWD

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Wed, 10 Mar 1999 09:13:22 -0800 (PST)

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Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 11:14:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Institute for Public Accuracy <institute@igc.apc.org>
Subject: Avail. for Radio: On Welfare's End

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org

Tuesday, March 9, 1999


     While states across the country reach deadlines to end welfare for
large numbers of people, some policy analysts contend that both the White
House and the Republican congressional leadership are dodging substantial
evidence that many Americans who have been dropped from the welfare rolls
are worse off as a result. Among the researchers available for comment are:

LINDA GORDON, (608) 251-0826, lgordon@facstaff.wisc.edu
     "The problem of welfare cannot be separated from the problems of the
working poor," said Gordon, professor of history at the University of
Wisconsin and author of "Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the
History of Welfare." She added: "Numerous surveys have shown that the
majority of welfare recipients wanted nothing more than a chance to
support themselves and their children with wages. But they are unable to
do that because the jobs they can get usually pay minimum wage, provide
no benefits and do not give them the flexibility that any working mother
needs to be accessible to her children. For example, countless women have
lost jobs because their employers would not permit them access to a
telephone when their children's schools or day-care provider needed to
contact a parent. A realistic program to help women get off welfare would
have to provide a much higher minimum wage, public health insurance,
child-care subsidies and, in some locations, housing subsidies."

RANDY ALBELDA, (617) 287-6963, (617) 492-1822, albelda@umbsky.cc.umb.edu
     Albelda teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts at
Boston and is author of the article "What Welfare Reform Has Wrought" in
the current issue of Dollars and Sense magazine. She said: "Those who
argue that welfare reform is a success point to the large number of
mothers who now have paid jobs. What they don't like to tell us is that
mothers and their children are still poor."

RUTH BRANDWEIN, (516) 444-3176, rbrandwein@ssw.hsc.sunysb.edu
     Professor at the School of Social Welfare at the State University of
New York at Stony Brook, a former county commissioner of social services
and author of "Battered Women, Children and Welfare Reform: The Ties That
Bind," Brandwein said: "According to a number of recent studies, about 60
percent of women receiving public assistance are either current or past
victims of domestic violence. This experience can either create a need
for welfare or present obstacles to their leaving welfare, completing
education/training or getting and retaining employment. Women fleeing
violent situations often turn to welfare to provide the financial
resources to enable them to leave their batterer. Batterers often
interfere with women's attempts to go to school or get a job.  Some
victims experience long-term consequences of domestic violence, such as
chronic health or mental health problems interfering with their ability
to leave welfare."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 or (202) 332-5055; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167


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