The 1996 welfare reform act has been heralded as a success as thousands of Americans have gotten off public assistance and taken jobs. But a new study says that while the welfare rolls are down, some of the nation’s poorest are actually worse off. A panel talks about how the success of welfare reform is being measured and what the future holds for America’s poorest citizens.


  • Wendell Primus Director of income security at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Pam Loprest Senior research associate at the Urban Institute
  • Ron Haskins Staff director of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Rodney Carroll Chief operating officer of the Welfare to Work Partnership


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