Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 28, 2011

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.
And we’ll change the world."

[Jack Layton's letter
(PDF)]

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R.I.P. Jack Layton, 1950-2011
August 22, 2011
Canada will miss you, Jack.

 

IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content


1. The Fiscal Monitor : June 2011 (Finance Canada) - August 21
2. 55,000 eligible Canadians aren’t getting CPP. Why? ( Gordon Pape in the Toronto Star) - August 21
3. New Brunswick may have lowest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada on Oct. 1 ; Minimum wage earners subsidizing employers - August 22
4. Know Your Rights - CBC ten-part series
--- Episode 9 : Aboriginal rights - August 22
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2011 - August 25
--- Two articles from the August 24 issue of Canadian Social Trends:
----- Study: Commuting to work, 2010
----- Study: University completion by parents' educational attainment, 2009
--- Preview of Census 2011 Geography Products and Services - August 23
6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. [U.S.] Don’t kill America’s databook (Washington Post) - August 21
9. [U.S.] Temporary Aid for Needy Families (U.S. govt. block fund for welfare) is 15 years old this year.
10. [U.S.] Economy still straining Social Security disability program (Washington Post) - August 21
11. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

[ Go to Canadian Social Research Links Home Page ]



1. The Fiscal Monitor : June 2011- August 21
(Finance Canada)


Release of the Fiscal Monitor for June 2011
August 26, 2011
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for June 2011.

Highlights:
* JUNE 2011: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $2.2 BILLION
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APRIL TO JUNE 2011: BUDGETARY DEFICIT OF $5.5 BILLION

Related Document:

The Fiscal Monitor: June 2011

[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor - going back to 1996 ]

Source:
Finance Canada

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

2. 55,000 eligible Canadians aren’t getting CPP. Why? - August 21
( Gordon Pape in the Toronto Star)

55,000 eligible Canadians aren’t getting CPP. Why?
By Gordon Pape
August 21, 2011
If this comment offends some readers I’m sorry, but it needs to be said. When it comes to finances, many of us are at a kindergarten level. Millions of Canadians have no understanding of some of the most basic concepts needed to function in today’s world, from budgeting to handling debt.

The federal government’s Task Force on Financial Literacy was more diplomatic in its language but that was the essence of its message to the government and the Canadian people in its final report, published earlier this year.
[ NOTE : the date on the report itself is December 2010. ]

[ Related links : http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm#financial_literacy ]

(...) Ignorance and/or indifference costs Canadians billions of dollars every year — that’s right, billions! Here are some almost unbelievable numbers from the findings of the Literacy Task Force.
• Roughly 160,000 eligible seniors do not receive the Old Age Security benefit (representing almost $1 billion in pre-tax benefits).
• About 150,000 eligible seniors do not receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
• Approximately 55,000 eligible Canadians are not receiving Canada Pension Plan benefits.
• The take-up rate for the Canada Education Savings Grant is just 40 per cent.
• The median RRSP contribution represents only 6 per cent of the total eligible room available.
As might be expected, the Task Force called for more financial education, both for young people and adults...

[ Comments (24) ]

Source:
Moneyville
[ Toronto Star ]

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- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/pensions.htm

3. New Brunswick may have lowest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada on Oct. 1 ; Minimum wage earners subsidizing employers - August 22

New Brunswick

Minimum wage reversal splits opinion
N.B. may have lowest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada on Oct. 1
July 21, 2011
The Progressive Conservative government's decision to postpone the minimum wage increase planned is creating a rift in opinion between business owners and those who were banking on the upcoming raise. New Brunswick's minimum wage was set to increase to $10 from $9.50 per hour on Sept. 1, but Labour Minister Martine Coulombe announced that hike is being shelved until April 1, 2012.
Source:
CBC News New Brunswick

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Related links from the
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice :

Increases in Minimum Wage are not the culprit!
Small and Medium size business analysis is wrong
(PDF - 28K, 2 pages)
New Release
August 17, 2011
[ Version française ]
(...)The main argument put forth by small and medium size business owners are that a higher minimum wage will trigger job losses. The numbers presented in our brief seriously question their affirmation.

The Brief:

The Need for Sustained Increases in the Minimum Wage:
A Brief prepared for Members of the Minimum Wage Board
By The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
(PDF - 355K, 123 pages)
August 2011
[ Version française ]
(...) The Common Front for Social Justice is worried about the possible delay in bringing the minimum wage up to $10, as was recently announced by the N.B. government. This would have an extremely negative impact on the working poor. With the cost of basic necessities such as shelter, food, electricity and home heat heating, one wonders how these people will survive the hardships of winter.

Source:
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice (NBCFSJ)
[ Version française du site ]
The Common Front for Social Justice is one of the largest democratic and popular organizations in New Brunswick, with close to 75,000 group and individual members. The Common Front brings together individuals as well as local, regional and provincial organizations to work towards the eradication of poverty.

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Reaction from the
NB Media Co-Op:

Minimum wage earners subsidizing employers
August 22, 2011
By Jody Dallaire
I know it’s a tough economic year but you would think this would be when we protect the working poor--put them last on the list of those who will be asked to make a sacrifice. You would think we would not target them first. Those at minimum wage in New Brunswick have been asked to subsidize their employers for a few months more. Meanwhile, the corporate tax rate as well as the tax rate of New Brunswickers earning between $74,000 and $121,000, for example, is decreasing by another 1%, and the small business tax rate is set to drop by 0.5%. Instead of the expected wage increase in September, minimum wage workers will not get the promised additional 50 cents per hour until, we are told at this point, next April when, hopefully, it will finally reach $10 per hour, which was the goal awhile back because it was the average in the Atlantic provinces.
Source:
NB Media Co-Op
Independent media by and for New Brunswickers
More now than ever, we need media to be a tool of accountability and democracy. This is impossible when the province's media is almost entirely controlled by one company, which has its own corporate interests at heart, rather than those of the public. We wish to fill that void by making independent media widely accessible to all.
[ About NB Media Co-Op ]

Related links:

Hourly Minimum Wages in CANADA for Adult Workers, 2005 to 2014
- includes links to comparable information for all Canadian jurisdictions back to 1965.
Source:
Minimum Wage Database <=== Click for more minimum wage resources
[ Employment Standards Legislation in Canada ]
[ Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada ]

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- Go to the Minimum Wage /Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Nouveau-Brunswick :
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbf.htm

4. Know Your Rights - CBC ten-part series --- Episode 9 : Aboriginal rights - August 22

Know Your Rights - ten-part series (Audio only)
Know Your Rights is an on-the-ground and in-the-field exploration of our rights as Canadian citizens. Host Craig Norris navigates the complex world of what we legally can and cannot do in our country. What freedoms do we have? And how far can we push it before someone pushes back?
[About Know Your Rights]
- includes links to : Main - About the Show - Know Your Rights Blog - Past Episodes - The Fine Print - Contact Us

The first of ten episodes aired Monday, June 27, 2011. You can catch all weekly episodes on CBC Radio One or Sirius Satellite Radio, or you can subscribe to the podcast via RSS or iTunes. Click the home page link above to access all of these options.

Archive of all episodes to date
NOTE: These are all links to audio files (no video).
Click the link to any episode below for a summary of the program.
Then, to listen to a particular episode, go to the Past Episodes page and click on the "Listen" button.

All episodes are just over 27 minutes in length (the duration of the radio program).
Be sure to check the 40+ related resources (total for all episodes) in The Fine Print.

Episode 9
Aboriginal rights
August 22, 2011

The Fine Print (episode 9)
Click the link above to access any of the following
resources related to Aboriginal rights in Canada (and to earlier episodes):
:: King George III Royal Proclamation
:: Pam Palmater
:: Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba
:: Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto
:: Gladue Courts
:: Ontario Provincial Police
:: Caledonia standoff (CBC "backgrounder")

Episode 8
Language rights
August 15, 2011

Episode 7
Freedom from discrimination based on race, origin or colour
August 8, 2011

Episode 6
Freedom from discrimination based on mental or physical disability
August 5, 2011

Episode 5
Freedom from discrimination based on sex, age
July 29, 2011

Episode 4
Life, liberty and security of the person
July 18, 2011

Episode 3
Freedom of religion
July 11, 2011

Episode 2
Freedom of peaceful assembly and association
July 8, 2011

Episode 1
Freedom of expression
June 27, 2011

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Know Your Rights Blog <===keep up with the latest releases from Know Your Rights

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The Fine Print
40+ links to related resources organized by episode
- also includes links to the full text of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a
CBC Television special from 2002 entitled "The Constitution and Charter Re-evaluated".
Source:
CBC Radio

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Know Your Rights Facebook page

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2011 - August 25
--- Two articles from the August 24 issue of Canadian Social Trends:
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Study: Commuting to work, 2010
----- Study: University completion by parents' educational attainment, 2009
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Preview of Census 2011 Geography Products and Services - August 23

What's new from
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]:

August 25, 2011
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2011
In June, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.3% from the previous month to $876.27. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings were 3.0% higher compared with June 2010.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees – Seasonally adjusted
* Number of employees – Seasonally adjusted

Source:
Employment, Earnings and Hours - product main page*
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE:
Online data on payroll employment, earnings and hours for the current month is usually posted to the site a month or later after this report first appears in The Daily.
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* On the product main page ,click "View" to see the
latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings

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August 24, 2011
Two articles from the latest
issue of Canadian Social Trends:

Study: Commuting to work, 2010
HTML
PDF
(129K)
Canadian commuters took an average of 26 minutes to travel to work on a typical day in 2010, including all modes of transportation. The average commuting time was longest in the six largest census metropolitan areas, each of which has a population of more than 1 million.

Study: University completion by parents' educational attainment, 2009
HTML
PDF
(112K)
People who have parents with a university degree remain more likely to get a university education than children whose parents do not have a degree, although the gap between the two groups has narrowed over time. In 1986, 12% of Canadian-born people aged 25 to 39 whose parents did not complete university had graduated from university. By 2009, this proportion had almost doubled to 23%.

Source:
Canadian Social Trends - Product main page*
This publication discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
[ * Click "View" for the latest issue of this periodical;
click "Chronological index" for earlier editions. ]

Related subjects:

* Education, training and learning
* Fields of study
* Outcomes of education
* Educational attainment
* Ethnic diversity and immigration
* Education, training and skills
* Families, households and housing
* Family history

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August 23, 2011
Preview of Census 2011 Geography Products and Services
The Preview of Census Geography Products and Services offers an overview of the proposed products and services that will be released based on the upcoming Census of Population. The geography product line includes geography concepts, enhancements and improvements to existing products, and a greater presence on the website. Reference maps and other geographic products are available in a variety of media. This document previews and highlights changes within the census geography product line.
Source:
Preview of Census Geography Products and Services - Product main page

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The Daily Archives
- select a month and year from the drop-down menus and click on a date for that day's Daily

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Source:
The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

6. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
:

August 28, 2011

What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

CRRU mourns the loss of Jack Layton
22 Aug 2011
We at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit join all Canadians in mourning the death of Jack Layton. Our hearts go out to our friend Olivia Chow and members of their family. This is a terribly sad time for the New Democratic Party and - most of all - for Canadian democracy. We take heart in the words from Jack's final letter to Canadians, "Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."

Social investment policies in Canada, Australia, Japan, and South Korea
24 Aug 2011
Article by Ito Peng in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy "compares the social investment policy reforms that have been introduced by the two Anglo-Saxon liberal welfare regimes of Canada and Australia and the two East Asian welfare regimes of Japan and South Korea since the 1990s.
[ NOTE: Full-text of all articles from this journal are now accessible online without subscription. ]

Quality and early childhood education and care: A policy initiative for the 21st century
24 Aug 2011
Article by Karin Ishimine, Collette Tayler and John Bennett in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy asks "What should be measured to identify quality in ECEC settings? What should a quality directed ECEC policy emphasize?" NOTE: Full-text of all articles from this journal are now accessible online without subscription.

Open all hours? Flexible childcare in the 24/7 era
24 Aug 2011
Report from the Daycare Trust (UK) "assesses the demand for atypical hours childcare at different times and investigates the reasons for the difficulties faced by parents". The report proposes ideas to improve accessibility.

Child-care subsidy rates adjusted for full-day K 24
Aug 2011
"To align with the implementation of full-day kindergarten this fall and ensure consistency for all school-aged children", BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development is adjusting child care subsidy rates.

MORE research, policy & practice

2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad.

Premier announces funding for child care in Labrador
24 Aug 2011
Newfoundland and Labrador

Kindergarten classes squeezed for space
24 Aug 2011
Ontario

Child care subsidy changes
24 Aug 2011
British Columbia
Despite weak economy child care costs continue to rise
24 Aug 2011
United States

Boards defend kindergarten space
24 Aug 2011
Ontario

MORE Child care in the news

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 26:
State Medicaid Programs - Arizona, Illinois
Grandparents as Caregivers to Grandchildren
US Food Insecurity

August 25:
Foster Parent Payments - Indiana
Medicaid Eligibility System - Colorado
Unintended Pregnancies and Income

August 24:
Welfare Time Limits - Michigan
TANF and Drug Testing - Florida
Child Care Subsidies - Wisconsin

August 23:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Enrollment
Hospital Emergency Rooms and Medicaid
Medicaid Reform - Arkansas

August 22:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - New York
Welfare Reform
Expansion of Jobless Benefits - Ohio

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Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

8. Don’t kill America’s databook - August 21
(Washington Post)

Déja vu all over again?

Don’t kill America’s databook
By Robert J. Samuelson
August 21, 2011
If you want to know something about America, there are few better places to start than the “Statistical Abstract of the United States.” Published annually by the Census Bureau, the Stat Abstract assembles about 1,400 tables describing our national condition. (...) The Stat Abstract is headed for the chopping block. The 2012 edition, scheduled for publication later this year, will be the last, unless someone saves it. (...) It can be argued that much of what’s in the Stat Abstract is online somewhere. True — but irrelevant. Many government and private databases are hard to access and search, even if you know what you want. Often, you don’t. The Stat Abstract has two great virtues. First, it conveniently presents in one place a huge amount of information from a vast array of government and private sources. (...) Second, the footnotes show where to get more information. (...) Without the Stat Abstract, statistics will become more hidden, and our collective knowledge will suffer. Must this be? If Census doesn’t rescind its misguided death sentence, the agency could contract with some wealthy private foundation to support the abstract.
Source:
Washington Post

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From the
U.S. Census Bureau:

The 2011 Statistical Abstract
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is also designed to serve as a guide to other statistical publications and sources. The latter function is served by the introductory text to each section, the source note appearing below each table, and Appendix I, which comprises the Guide to Sources of Statistics, the Guide to State Statistical Abstracts, and the Guide to Foreign Statistical Abstracts. [ Excerpt from the Overview ]

Click the link above to scan the 2011 Statistical Abstract Table of contents
and download the individual sections in PDF format. Move your cursor over the list of sections in the left-hand margin to see the content of each of those sections.
[Most stats tables are for 2008 or 2009.]

Population - Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces - Health and Nutrition - Education - Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons - Geography and Environment - Elections - State and Local Government Finances and Employment - Federal Government Finances and Employment - National Security and Veterans Affairs - Social Insurance and Human Services - Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings - Income, Expenditures, Poverty, and Wealth - Prices - Business Enterprise - Science and Technology - Agriculture - Forestry, Fishing, and Mining - Energy and Utilities - Construction and Housing - Manufactures - Wholesale and Retail Trade - Transportation - Information and Communications - Banking, Finance, and Insurance - Arts, Recreation, and Travel - Accommodation, Food Services, and Other Services - Foreign Commerce and Aid - Puerto Rico and the Island Areas - International Statistics
Appendix I. Guide to Sources of Statistics 879-893
Appendix I. Guide to State Statistical Abstracts 894-897
Appendix I. Guide to Foreign Statistical Abstracts 898-899
Appendix II. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: Concepts, Components, and Population 900-920
Appendix III. Limitations of the Data 921-946
Appendix IV. Weights and Measures 947
Appendix V. Tables Deleted From Earlier Editions of the Statistical Abstract 949-950
Index 951-1010
Map of the United States, Showing Census Regions and Divisions Cover

Earlier editions of the Statistical Abstract - right back to 1789!

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- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/2011_census_questionnaire.htm

- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/stats.htm

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

9. [U.S.] Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (U.S. govt. block fund for welfare) is 15 years old this year.

[U.S.]

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is 15 years old this year.
Dr. LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President for Family Income Support Division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote this five-part analysis of TANF for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

TANF at 15, Part I: How Well Does It Provide Income Support for Poor Families?
August 22, 2011
President Clinton signed the 1996 welfare law 15 years ago today, creating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. We’ll present a series of posts this week that provide a closer look at how welfare reform has played out over the last 15 years. Today’s post focuses on TANF as a source of income support for poor families.

TANF at 15, Part II: How Have States Spent Their TANF Dollars?
August 24, 2011
Under the 1996 welfare law, which replaced AFDC with the TANF block grant, states receive fixed federal funding each year in exchange for greater flexibility in using that funding. Unlike AFDC, therefore, federal TANF funding does not decrease in good economic times when cash assistance caseloads fall or rise in hard economic times when cash assistance caseloads increase. Given the dramatic decline in cash assistance caseloads I described in Monday’s post, today we look briefly at TANF funding over time and how states have spent their TANF dollars.

TANF at 15, Part III: What Is TANF’s Record of Success?
August 25, 2011
Over the 15 years since President Clinton and Congress reformed welfare in 1996, states have transformed what were previously their AFDC programs, which were primarily focused on providing income support, into work-based systems that tie cash assistance to participation in work or work-related activities such as job search.

TANF at 15, Part IV: Looking Ahead
August 26, 2011
In the 15 years since its creation as part of welfare reform, TANF has performed better than most people expected when the economy was booming and jobs were plentiful, and worse than most people expected during the continuing severe downturn. Gordon Berlin, the highly respected president of the research organization MDRC — which has conducted the vast majority of evaluations of state welfare reform efforts — laid out the challenge ahead:
" Now with unemployment rates at levels unimaginable even five years ago, the context for reform has changed, posing profound questions for Congress as it revisits the law that 'changed welfare as we knew it' when it expires next month."

Source:
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation’s premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. We also develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

Earlier related work from CBPP:

TANF’s Inadequate Response to Recession Highlights Weakness of Block-Grant Structure
Proponents Wrong to See It as Model for Medicaid, SNAP, or Other Low-Income Programs

PDF of this report (10pp.)
By LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D. and Liz Schott
July 14, 2011
Leading conservatives in Congress – including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan – as well as some conservative activists and commentators [1] have recently cited welfare reform and the TANF block-grant structure as a model for reshaping the federal-state funding relationship in other programs for low-income families, such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). The TANF block grant, however, is not the shining success that they suggest.

Related links:

Happy Birthday, Welfare Reform
Fifteen years after President Clinton cut a hole in the social safety net, poor Americans are paying the price.
By Jake Blumgart
August 22, 2011
Fifteen years ago today, Bill Clinton signed the law that created the program commonly known as welfare-to-work, fulfilling a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it.” Today, there is little doubt that the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act did just that, removing what had been a large cash-assistance program from the social safety net. The decline continues. With the law’s federal authorization expiring September 30 and the numbers of impoverished Americans climbing ever higher, welfare is a dead letter in most states.
Source:
The American Prospect
The Prospect was founded in 1990 as an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas, committed to a just society, an enriched democracy, and effective liberal politics. Since then, the Prospect has grown into a print journal with an average monthly readership of some 100,000, a special in-depth report in most issues, and a daily Web magazine with nearly 1 million unique monthly visitors.

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Welfare reform law faces revision at 15
Safety net again under scrutiny on Hill

By Cheryl Wetzstein
August 21, 2011
Don’t expect much hoopla or cake-cutting as the landmark welfare reform law passed by President Clinton and congressional Republicans in the mid-1990s celebrates its 15th anniversary Monday. Even though the widely touted overhaul of the national safety net for the poor and unemployed has touched the lives of virtually every American family, the Obama administration and Congress are debating new changes to the system, and a temporary extension of the main welfare programs is likely again with another funding deadline looming Sept. 30. But another round of welfare reform is not being ignored on Capitol Hill. Both the House and Senate have had committee hearings, and in March, a group of House Republicans introduced a bill to begin “managing” welfare by requiring a public accounting of the costs of 70-plus federal anti-poverty programs
Source:
Washington Times

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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

10. [U.S.] Economy still straining Social Security disability program - August 21
(Washington Post)

[U.S.]

Economy still straining Social Security disability program
By Stephen Ohlemacher
August 21, 2011
Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs — in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs — and can’t find new ones. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that’s been running in the red for years.
Source:
Washington Post

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Counterpoint:

Alarmist Stories Misportray Social Security Disability Insurance
August 23, 2011
Social Security’s disability-insurance program is forecast to run short of money in 2018, more than six years from now, and policymakers can plug the hole for several decades by reallocating some taxes from the related old-age program as they have done in the past. But that’s not the impression you’d get from some alarmist reports. “Social Security disability on verge of insolvency” blares a Fox News story, a theme echoed by other outlets [Washington Post ] - [ Washington Times ].
Here are the facts...
Source:
Off the Charts Blog - Policy insights beyond the numbers
[ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ]
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Disability Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/disbkmrk.htm

11. CRINMAIL
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
:

CRINMAIL - children's rights newsletter

24 August 2011 - CRINMAIL Issue 1239
In this issue:
2011 Day of General Discussion : Children of Incarcerated Parents
New pilot study:
Monitoring and evaluating children’s participation
Latest news and reports:
- Youth dies after flogging: Botswana
- Young people’s thoughts on the riots: United Kingdom
- Cracking down on State violence: Syria, HRC
- Little respite from food crisis: Horn of Africa
- Poor students not allowed to use school toilets: India
- Child allegedly used as suicide bomber: Pakistan
- People arrested for ‘looking homosexual’: Cameroon
- Sexualising children: Bras for four-year-olds
- New deportation policy grants reprieves: United States
Upcoming events
Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Issues * Law
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits

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Links to Issues of CRINMAIL (from CRIN)
- links to earlier weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.

See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm
for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.
NOTE : The CRIN "Links to Issues of CRINMAIL" (second link up) does not include the table of contents for each issue.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

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CBC News : The State Funeral of Jack Layton

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R.I.P. Jack Layton, 1950-2011
Canada will miss you, Jack...

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"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."
[Jack Layton's letter
(PDF - 118K, 2 pages)]

 

This has been a rough week for Canadians who respected Jack Layton's passion and conviction.
Me included.

Instead of a joke or more silly links, I thought I'd leave you with a suggestion today:

Please take five minutes - about the time it takes you to read the usual jokes and check some new links here at the bottom of my newsletter - to think of something *you* can do to help keep Jack's memory and his dream alive.

By Gilles:

In last week's newsletter, I included the following brief reflexion
that I've always found to be a good reality check for myself:

I cried because I had no shoes
Until I met a man who had no feet.

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On August 22/11, one of the subscribers to this newsletter emailed me the following caption and link --- pretty inspirational!

...And then I saw a man who had no feet climb Mount Kilimanjaro!
http://www.amsvans.com/blog/7773-double-amputee-soldier-aims-to-conquer-mt-kilimanjaro/

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Back to jokes and silliness next week...