WASHINGTON - June 29
An economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research,
Boushey said today: "New changes to the 1996 welfare reform law mean
that more welfare participants will need to be in work activities and
states will have less flexibility in defining what those activities are,
all without significant increases in funding for child care. Single
parents, especially low-income single parents, need access to the kinds
of work supports that make moving from welfare to work viable. Most
women leaving welfare enter jobs that don't provide the kinds of
benefits -- paid sick days and holidays, paid family leave, or
employer-provided health insurance -- that make work work. Those with
children also need access to safe, affordable, and enriching child care.
To promote work, welfare policy should not be based on rigid, national
rules, but be flexible enough to recognize that families need to provide
adequate care, and that many need access to education to move up the job
Author of the book "Wall Street," Henwood said today: "With its 17th
consecutive interest rate increase a virtual certainty, the Fed is
running the risk of going too far, provoking a recession that almost no
one wants, not even the notorious bond market vigilantes. But as a
bearded academic succeeding the grossly overrated Greenspan, it looks
like Bernanke has to prove his manliness to the markets. He certainly
hasn't helped his case by apparently changing his mind every other week.
But there's a good case to be made for a pause, now that the economy is
slowing and wage growth is slowing to a crawl."