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Next up for welfare reform: Focus on fathers

Welfare | Twenty years after sweeping changes to the welfare system, anti-poverty programs continue to ignore men
by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/23/16, 12:21 pm

WASHINGTON—Twenty years after the last major welfare reform, U.S. poverty rates have shown marginal improvement. But according to policy experts, future changes need a new target: men.

“We don’t believe there’s anybody in our caseload who has had an immaculate conception,” said Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. “We really want to go after fathers.”

On Aug. 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed bipartisan legislation to reform the welfare system.

“Today, we are ending welfare as we know it,” he proclaimed.

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Sophia Lee

Jobs of the future

Back to School | Some young Americans are avoiding massive debt and dead-end jobs by forgoing college for trade schools
by Sophia Lee
Posted 8/19/16, 01:00 am

It was a graduation ceremony like any other. On a late June afternoon, 11 young men in black cap and gown strode up the stage to receive their diplomas. Friends and family whooped and clapped and snapped countless pictures. One large group sitting in the front screamed and stomped and waved paper cutouts forming the letters of a graduate’s name. Helium balloons bobbed above heads, and as expected, one got lost in the ceiling.

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Businesses pledge jobs for military spouses

by Madeline Fry
Posted 5/30/16, 09:00 am

As a military spouse, Kathy Roth-Douquet earned less than one-tenth of her previous salary. Now, as the CEO of Blue Star Families, she is committed to ensuring military spouses not only find employment but also earn enough to support their families.

“Military service members make tremendous sacrifices and put their lives on the line to serve our country,” Roth-Douquet said in a letter to supporters. “What can be overlooked, however, are the many sacrifices that their families make.”

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