By Tim Craig Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 15, 2010; 10:36 PM
Two D.C. Council members from impoverished areas of the city are proposing to end cash payments to long-term welfare recipients to save tax dollars and encourage more of their constituents to find work.
The proposed five-year benefit limit, sponsored by council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), would bring the District in line with most other states, but the proposal is drawing warnings from advocates that it would lead to more homeless families, hungry children and crime.
"For far too long, we have cradled a large part of the population, and our cradling has actually handicapped people," Alexander said. "Many of our residents view government assistance as a way of life, and in my opinion we are actually hurting our residents instead of helping them."
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
While I do think that there are some issues that need to be ironed out, I applaud Councilmembers Barry and Alexander for being bold to put forth this bill. Perhaps it isn't the best solution, but it at least gets the conversation started to how we end generations of people living on welfare. Here's the article from Washington Post.