October 16, 1997

Welfare Reform

Before the recently passed welfare reform law, 6,800 Idaho families were receiving assistance; one year later only 2,300 families are participating in the program. Some would call that decrease a sign of success, but this week's guest disagrees. Peter Edelman resigned from his post as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Clinton administration after the President signed welfare reform legislation in 1996 saying that, "the legislation increased poverty, lowered income for single mothers, put people from welfare into homeless shelters, and left states free to eliminate welfare entirely." Edelman and host Marcia Franklin discuss the changes to welfare law both nationally and in Idaho.