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Workfare (Part I) #100904

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 12, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced

(Tewksbury, Massachusetts: Richard Threlkeld) Status of workfare concept of welfare examined; West Virginia cited as example [Participant Terry SMITH - praises program.] Lack of welfare system during Great Depression recalled; historical footage shown. ABC News-"Washington Post" poll on public's attitude toward welfare outlined on screen. [Michigan Lieutenant Governor Martha GRIFFIThigh school - explains focus of workfare.] [Manpower Democrat Research spokesperson Judith GUERON - agrees; explains.] [Former human services commissioner Leon GINSBERG - notes community support of concept.] [Workfare participant Harry DEAKINS - considers program degrading.] [GINSBERG - responds.] Impact of individual state's econs. on actual structure of workfare programs explained; West Virginia and Massachusetts cited as exs. [Participant Lisa LISIO - explains vol. for job training program under workfare.] [Governor Michael DUKAKIS - cites effectiveness of Massachusetts approach.] Joanne Roberts' success under Massachusetts concept cited. [Massachusetts employment training director Barbara BURKE-TATUM - cites need for educ., training and incentive.] [Kathy LEBRON - debunks myth surrounding welfare recipients.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Part II announced.

Jennings, Peter;
Threlkeld, Richard

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