welfare reform report card
Missouri’s dreadful welfare system is perhaps the worst in the nation, and Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has a unique opportunity to reform the failing program and provide significant and lasting changes that will improve the lives of thousands of Missouri’s citizens, but all indications are the governor won’t.
They say “everything is bigger in Texas,” but Texas’ welfare rolls are shrinking, and presidential hopeful and former Gov. Rick Perry (R) deserves a lot of the credit.
Everyone knows newly elected Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has her hands full in Rhode Island. Only three states — California, Georgia, and Mississippi — have higher unemployment rates, and Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina are the only states that have a higher debt-to-GDP ratio.
When the Republican-controlled Congress promoted welfare reform as one of its top priorities in 1995, opponents accused them of being unsympathetic to the plight of impoverished Americans and insisted the proposed policies would end up harming true reforms.