Public Welfare Policy

Archive Report

Reconsideration of Reliep Policies

Recommendations for basic reforms in federal welfare legislation are expected from the Kennedy administration when Congress reconvenes next January. In the meantime, demands for cutbacks in expenditures for aid to the needy are sweeping the country. For the first time since the now massive federal-state-local system of relief was instituted in the 1930s, there is general agreement that a new approach to helping the destitute is imperative.

Concern in the national government over the rising relief burden is paralleled in the many states and localities that have been trying to find some way to lighten the load imposed by support of those who cannot—or will not—support themselves and their families. The extent and depth of this concern were demonstrated last summer by ...

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