xix, 223 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Welfare 101 : a new approach to public assistance : introducing Patty, Lucille, and Meg Reality check (1986) : a crash course in poverty for a divided legislature Real life, fall 2001 : Patty leaves an abusive boyfriend, Lucille moves north for a fresh start, Meg abandons her dream of medical school Remaking welfare (1987-1994) : making work pay Real life, winter 2001-2002 : Meg chooses school over a dead-end job, Patty fights for child support, Lucille pursues her GED A new federal challenge (1997) : the Personal Responsibility Act threatens Minnesota's innovations Real life, spring 2002 : Lucille escapes a violent neighborhood, surgery for her boys sidetracks Meg, Patty's choice: mother or breadwinner Making welfare work (1998-2000) : Minnesota attracts national attention Real life, summer 2002 : Patty becomes engaged, Lucille returns south to care for her mother, Meg is back on track The limits of Welfare reform (2000-2001) : when work isn't the answer Real life, fall 2002 : Lucille wins disability benefits, Patty goes back to square one, Meg finds the perfect job Unfinished business : what the nation can learn from Minnesota's experiment.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index.