Poverty
Associated Press/Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta

Conflict of interests could fetter Farm Bill

Welfare
by Andrew Branch
Posted 6/12/13, 04:48 pm

The Senate passed its version of a new farm bill Tuesday, but a portion of the subsidy package threatens to kill the measure in the House as it did last year. The farm bill ties together two hotly contested social programs—farming subsidies and food stamps—in a tug of war between lawmakers, with 47 million people on food stamps alone caught in the crosshairs. 

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Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

SNAP--and pop goes 1990s welfare reform

Welfare
by Andrew Branch
Posted 6/11/13, 01:25 pm

Government recruiters have now enrolled a record 47 million people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. That number is 140 percent greater than 1990. 

The nationwide number has made its rounds through cyberspace in the last few months, but on Saturday, The Wall Street Journal broke the numbers down by state in an interactive graph. 

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Yoon Kim

Powerful obscurity

Welfare | Robert Doar may not be well-known, but he made welfare reform a reality in New York City
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/22/13, 01:00 am

NEW YORK—Robert Doar, 52, puts on a suit and leaves for work from his Brooklyn home every morning at 7:45. Sometimes he’ll walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to his office in lower Manhattan. He usually has a series of meetings, and sometimes he’ll make an appearance at an event or give a speech. Then, usually around 5:30 or 6 p.m., he’ll take the subway home.

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