ERIC Number: ED148961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
The Program for Better Jobs and Income - A Guide and a Critique. Institute for Research on Poverty Reprint Series #259.
Danziger, Sheldon; And Others
The administration recently announced a broad overhaul of the welfare system called the program for better jobs and income. This proposed plan would consolidate three major components of the current welfare system and provide, for the first time, a nationwide minimum federal cash payment for all the poor. In this paper the existing welfare system is reviewed. Changes which would be brought about by the administration's plans are presented. The structure of the existing program designed the aid the poor is outlined as is a description of the many problems with the welfare system today. The administration's new proposal is also outlined. A crucial issue in all proposals designed to aid low income families is that of work incentives. The effect on work incentives of the administration's proposal is compared with the current system. A second crucial concern with reform proposals is how they affect current welfare recipients and other groups of low income families. Because of the complexity of the administration's proposal, this is a difficult question to answer definitely, but a rough answer is provided. This is accomplished by looking at the effect of the proposal on several types of families. The extent to which individual states will supplement the benefits which are provided by the federal government is the main complication in assessing who will gain and who will lose. There are incentives for such supplementation in the proposal, and these are explained. A criticism of the administration's proposal is also presented. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.
Note: Reprint from A Study Prepared for the Use of the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States; 95th Congress, 1st Session (96-958) ; Parts of document may be marginally legible due to type size