The United States Conference of Mayors: Celebrating 75 Years

Welfare-to-Work Funding Threatened

By Joan Crigger

The continuation of the Welfare-to-Work program is being threatened in the Senate because of repeated reports about surplus TANF funds in many states, and objections to the program in general. President Clinton proposed to continue the Welfare-to-Work initiative in his FY2000 Budget at a level of $1 billion to ensure that those remaining on the welfare rolls who have the greatest challenges to employment move to permanent, self-sustaining jobs. In addition, the Administration offered some additional flexibility in the program to address some of the concerns about serving those most in need. Below is a copy of the letter sent by the leadership of The U.S. Conference of Mayors in support of continuation of Welfare-to-Work.