The Cruel Failure of Welfare Reform in the Southwest — ProPublica

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This article was co-published with the Las Vegas Sun.

As the 1960s came to their tumultuous end, California Gov. Ronald Reagan convened a summit on the topic of welfare. He was hoping to try out one of his new ideas: that poor single mothers were, in the wake of the civil rights movement, increasingly living idly and defrauding government assistance programs.

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