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Family faces the hard reality of ‘welfare reform’

MILWAUKEE – The shock absorbers in James Howlett’s Ford Fusion were busted, but he and his partner, Nadine, packed their two children inside anyway. They were already homeless, and their …


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Paying for abortions, Dec. 19, 1975


Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it,” continuing with a bitter policy fight …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Judge: IBM owes Indiana $78M for failed welfare automation

IBM owes Indiana $78 million in damages stemming from the company’s failed effort to automate much of the state’s welfare services, a judge has ruled in a long-running dispute.


Idaho investigating abuse allegations at state-run home for disabled

Idaho’s welfare agency is investigating allegations that staffers physically and psychologically abused and neglected some residents at a state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities.


Wilkinson: Republicans will pass Trumpcare

Despite the periodic dramas of reactionary versus conservative factions, Republicans are united around a couple of key goals. Both versions of the Republican health care legislation accomplish those goals.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits

The move seems aimed at extending Amazon’s reach well beyond the upper- and middle-class customers that underpin its business – right as the e-commerce giant intensifies its battle against a …


Backers for Seattle homeless levy collect signatures

Backers of a proposed $275 million property-tax levy to fund efforts to curb homelessness in Seattle have begun collecting signatures.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017

Washington House backs new department for children and families

House approves proposal to bring programs for children and families together in one department.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Study: Idaho’s child welfare system overwhelmed, overworked

State auditors say Idaho’s child welfare system is overwhelmed, with too few foster parents, too heavy caseloads for social workers and not enough infrastructure to hold it all together.


Mom loses benefits after status of 4 kids changed to dead

A Rhode Island mother says she lost her child care voucher when the state’s new benefits computer system mistakenly changed the status of her four children from living to dead.


Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered Columbian Basin hydropower, welfare, expanded government services and Medicare.


Welfare applicants, recipients drug tested in North Carolina

Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state.


New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.


Idaho welfare rates remain low despite enrollment spike

BOISE – Idaho is no welfare state, legislators were assured Monday, even though 20 percent of the population now receives some form of government assistance. Idaho’s benefits remain paltry compared …


Shawn Vestal: Shrinking safety net doesn’t mean shrinking poverty

What do you call a safety net that shrinks when it’s needed most? If you’re a certain kind of thinker, you call it victory.


Missing man’s girlfriend accused of welfare fraud

YAKIMA – The girlfriend of a man missing from Yakima for nearly three and a half years has been charged with welfare fraud. Ladena Mann, 51, appeared by summons Friday …


Nurse program expands to Idaho

A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state …


Search for a stable condition

Alicia Ponce-Myers should be swimming. Or playing basketball with her friends. At the very least the 12-year-old from Tonasket, Wash., should have been able to enjoy summer Bible camp: she …


Trying to ‘get through it,’ Gregoire signs unpopular budget

OLYMPIA – Washington state has a plan to spend some $32 billion on programs, services and salaries over the next two years, leaving a cushion of about $725 million in …


Editorial: Keep public assistance programs accountable

What might be lost in the controversy over welfare debit card abuse is the fact that the state is taking serious steps to address the problem. The unfortunate distraction emerged …


State reduces aid for families

Washington cut about 5,000 families off welfare Tuesday and reduced the monthly benefit to the families remaining on assistance at a time when more people are asking for help. As …


State assistance terminated for 5,000 families

Washington cut about 5,000 families off welfare Tuesday and reduced the monthly benefit to the families remaining on assistance, at a time when more people are asking for help. As …


State budget woes strike welfare program

OLYMPIA – Fewer people will qualify for a state welfare program that provides child care subsidies and help finding a job under cuts announced by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday. …


Idaho cuts welfare programs amid shrinking budgets

The shrinking budget for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare is already having an impact on dozens of mentally ill patients and some of the services those clients receive.


House Passes Sweeping Welfare Package Bill Would End New Deal Promise Of Benefits To Anyone In Need

The House passed a welfare bill Friday that the Congressional Budget Office says will wipe out all or part of the benefits for as many as 12.8 million families. The …