Category Archives: Welfare

Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

-A good student of mine sent this to me and it seems worth sharing.

Report: “A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits”

Report: Marc Mauer & Virginia McCalmont, A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the  Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits (Sentencing Project, Revised version 2014).

A Nation of Takers? – NYTimes.com

A Nation of Takers? – NYTimes.com.  [Kristof, who has a mixed record to be sure, takes on subsidies to the rich.]

New Article: “The Hyperregulatory State: Women, Race, Poverty and Support”

New Article: Wendy A. Bach, The Hyperregulatory State: Women, Race, Poverty and Support, 25 Yale J. Law & Feminism __ (2014).  Abstract below:

Vulnerability and dependency theory offers a rich and promising vision for those who seek to conceptualize and build a more responsive state. In theorizing a road to a supportive state, however, what would it mean to take up the challenge of intersectionality? What would it mean to center the analysis around key aspects of the relationship between legal institutions and the poor, disproportionately women and families of color who have no choice but to avail themselves of what remains of a shredded social safety net? The Hyperregulatory State argues that, for women who have no choice but to avail themselves of the safety net (think welfare or public housing) and who by their sheer geographic exposure to the mechanisms of government systems (think over-policing of poor communities of color, public hospitals and inner city public schools) find themselves subject to government intrusion (think child welfare agencies and the criminalization of poverty) the state does not merely fail to respond to their needs. In fact, crucial interactions between poor women and the state are characterized by a phenomena here termed regulatory intersectionality, defined as the means by which state systems (in the examples herein, social welfare, child welfare and criminal justice systems) interlock to share information and heighten the adverse consequences of unlawful, deviant, or noncompliant conduct. At every juncture these punitive mechanisms are, in effect, targeted by race, class, gender and place to subordinate poor African American women, families and communities. The state is, in this sense, hyperregulatory. This article describes in detail the specific phenomena of regulatory intersectionality and contextualizes it within a larger schema of hyperregulation. Paying careful attention to regulatory intersectionality and hyperregulation would revise the theories of vulnerability and the responsive state in two crucial and related ways. First, it serves as a practical warning. If the current social safety net is so profoundly characterized by mechanisms that interlock to impose escalating punishment, the road to a supportive state that does not function in this way is likely to be long and complicated. Second, in attempting to realize the vision of the supportive or responsive state, a crucial first step is restructuring and building support systems to enhance rather than undermine the autonomy of poor women, poor families and poor communities. If we fail to center and prioritize those realities and those tasks, then this particular and crucial part of political and legal theory is again in danger of leaving behind those who are, by virtue of race, gender, class, and place, among the most vulnerable.

News Coverage related to the War on Poverty Anniversary

Annie Lowrey, 50 Years Later, War on Poverty is a Mixed Bag, N.Y. Times, Jan. 4, 2014.

Dylan Matthews, Everything You Need to Know About the War on Poverty, Wash. Post Wonkblog, Jan. 8, 2014.

Erika Eichelberger et al., How We Won–And Lost–the War on Poverty, in 6 Charts, Mother Jones, Jan. 8, 2014.

Jeff Shesol, The “P” Word: Why Presidents Stopped Talking About Poverty, The New Yorker, Jan. 9, 2014.

And this: Annie Lowrey & Ashley Parker, Republicans Move to Reclaim Poverty-Fighting Mantle, N.Y. Times, Jan. 8, 2014.

White House Report: “The War on Poverty 50 Years Later”

SealCouncil of Economic Advisers, The War on Poverty 50 Years Later: A Progress Report (Jan. 2014).

An Error Message for the Poor – NYTimes.com

An Error Message for the Poor – NYTimes.com, Op-Ed by David Super.

Florida Law on Drug Testing for Welfare Is Struck Down – NYTimes.com

Florida Law on Drug Testing for Welfare Is Struck Down – NYTimes.com.

Food Stamp Fraud, Rare but Troubling – NYTimes.com

Food Stamp Fraud, Rare but Troubling – NYTimes.com.

Symposium Articles on the End of Men

Boston University Law Review published an issue on the topic “The End of Men” and quite a few of the articles relate to poverty law.  For example:

The End of Men or the Rebirth of Class?
June Carbone & Naomi Cahn

Forgotten Fathers
Daniel L. Hatcher

TANF and the End (Maybe?) of Poor Men
Khiara M. Bridges

(and others, all at the first link)