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Arizona enacts nation's tightest welfare restrictions

Poverty
by Evan Wilt
Posted 5/29/15, 09:00 am

Arizona lawmakers have restricted federally funded welfare benefits to the narrowest time window in the nation.

The restrictions apply to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), which provides cash assistance and potential child-care subsidies for low-income or jobless parents. Under the new state budget, Arizona will cut the longevity of TANF benefits from 24 to 12 months.

State Sen. Kelli Ward, a Republican who debated in favor of the budget cut in March, believes welfare programs are crutches keeping citizens from getting back on their feet.

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University of Chicago Press

More on our tangled welfare net

Welfare
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/21/15, 11:53 am

Several readers have wanted to know more about the plight of the family whose story is the basis for a recent book—Andrea Campbell’s Trapped in America’s Safety Net (University of Chicago Press, 2014)—that I reviewed in WORLD Magazine’s May 16 issue. Here are a few more quotations from the book:

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World Bank, faith-based NGOs join forces on anti-poverty mission

Poverty
by James Bruce
Posted 4/29/15, 12:38 pm

Religious leaders and presidents of faith-based organizations have signed a joint statement pledging to work to eliminate extreme poverty. This month’s “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative” came out of a roundtable discussion sponsored by the World Bank Group earlier this year.

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