- The Study of New York Government
- The New York Constitution and the Federal System
- Political Parties in New York
- Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York
- Public Opinion Polling and New York Politics and Governance
- Elections and Election Management
- Lobbying and the Interest Group System
- Politics and the News Media in the Empire State
- The New York State Legislature
- The Governor of New York
- The New York State Comptroller's Office
- The New York State Attorney General
- The Judiciary and Judicial Reform
- The Executive Branch
- New York State and the National Government
- New York in Fiscal Federalism
- The State and Its Localities
- New York State and New York City Relations
- New York State's “Foreign Policy”
- The Public Fisc in New York State
- New York State Education Policy and Politics
- Health Care Politics and Policy in New York State
- Public Safety Policy in New York State
- Higher Education in New York State
- Mental Health Policy in New York State
- Economic Development in New York State
- Welfare Policy in New York State
- The Environment in New York State
- Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State
- The Politics of Energy in New York State
- Selective Bibliography of New York Government and Politics: References
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the welfare policy in New York State. In a new period of tight public resources, New York confronted the fact that making work pay is costly and does not address the entire problem of poverty. The Welfare Reform Act of 1997 authorized two major cash assistance programs—Family Assistance and Safety Net Assistance. Despite the growing economic needs since the early 2000s, state cash assistance programs are not serving a large number of the individuals hit by recession. Food stamps are an important resource for poor and low-income families and a central element of a “make work pay” strategy. New York's experience in recent years shows limits to what even a wealthy, historically liberal, and highly urbanized state can do to support and reward work among low-income families.
Cathy M. Johnson is Professor of Political Science at Williams College.
Thomas L. Gais is Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.
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