The measures passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 “to end welfare as we know it” were heralded as a ticket to economic self-sufficiency. The poor would be encouraged to enter the workforce and eventually leave all welfare assistance behind.
But an I-News examination of one of the most important programs in Colorado – subsidized child care – shows the opposite may be happening.
Those closest to economic self-sufficiency – considered to be about 225 percent of the federal poverty level – are endangered by a phenomena called the “cliff effect.” A family’s rising income can lead to a sudden termination of an important benefit, plunging the family more deeply back into poverty.
The I-News inquiry also shows that tens of thousands of working poor families in Colorado have no real shot at economic self-sufficiency. They simply are far from making enough money.
To read the entire report go to: http://www.inewsnetwork.org/losing-ground-cliff-effect/
To watch the Rocky Mountain PBS original documentary on the cliff effect, please go to: http://video.rmpbs.org/video/2365026004/