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Welfare reform is about jobs and children

The “Act to Foster Economic Independence,” which contains significant and far-reaching changes to the state’s welfare laws, zipped through legislative review last week and conflicting versions are now being debated in the House and Senate.

At ABCD we applaud the legislation’s emphasis on helping welfare recipients to find jobs. It includes $5 million for a “full employment program” that focuses on job placement, not monetary assistance. It also calls for specialist positions to provide targeted employment and training assistance.

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