Resolution on Welfare Reform Reauthorization

Resolution Number: RS02-196
January, 2002




on Welfare Reform Reauthorization


Whereas The

United States Congress must reauthorize the 1996 Welfare Reform legislation

that sought to "end welfare as we know it" and that mandated a "work first"

policy limiting the educational options for people receiving public assistance;


Whereas The 1996 legislation limited the amount

of time people could receive training for employment before losing public

assistance; and

Whereas The 1996 legislation mandated that people receiving

public assistance start paid work after a minimal time, and increase their

working hours to 32 hours a week over an 18 month period; and

Whereas Current research demonstrates that the "work first"

policy has reduced the numbers of people receiving public assistance since

1996 without decreasing the poverty rates among those same people; and

Whereas Research consistently indicates that the most

significant gains in income are made by those who persist to a college degree;


Whereas The availability of affordable

child care is a critical determining factor in persistence to completion of

education for people with children; and

Whereas Current

legislative proposals before Congress would make education even more difficult

to obtain for people receiving public assistance, increase the work mandate

from 32 hours to 40 hours a week, and make significantly fewer child care

options available for people receiving public assistance; therefore be



That the Academic Senate at San FranciscoStateUniversity urge Senators Barbara Boxer and

Dianne Feinstein to take the lead in proposing a Senate bill that will provide

a just and fair reform of current welfare provisions by including the following:


the clock" -- extend the federal time limits for people seeking education

and training;


education and homework time as approved work time;


the number of work hours required for the receipt of public assistance,

and increase the community service options for that work;


the four-year college option as an authorized choice available to people

receiving public assistance;


that the avowed purpose of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) is “to

end child and family poverty.”



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