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No. 119 Welfare Reform after Ten Years: A State-by-State Analysis (summary PDF)

Diane Carol Bast –
June 30, 2008

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This survey ranks and grades states by the success of their anti-poverty efforts and by the reform policies they adopted. We measured five variables that reflect states’ success in fighting poverty and seven welfare reform policies states can adopt. Maryland, Idaho, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, and California rank best, while Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Kansas, Vermont, and Missouri rank at the bottom of our survey.