Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton promised his welfare reform law would “end welfare as we know it.” And it did. But the number of families living in extreme poverty has more than doubled since the act passed.
Two decades after Bill Clinton signed his welfare reform law, most states have higher rates of families living in poverty and are spending a smaller percentage of their welfare dollars on basic assistance. What do those changes look like over time?
Today, only a quarter of welfare dollars actually goes toward basic assistance. On this hour of Reveal, we take a road trip with Marketplace’s new podcast “The Uncertain Hour” and find out the surprising ways different states use this money.