|We've got NEWS|
|Friday, January 15, 1999 |
Tommy G. Thompson
News Media Contact
DWD News Office
Leavers Study Update
A headline in the Jan. 14 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "W-2 families say theyre just getting by" and "Poll finds people working but having harder time making ends meet." A Madison Capital Times Jan. 14 headline also said: "Most W-2 clients working, but scraping by."
Those headlines were inaccurate and may confuse those who read either the accompanying stories or the study by this Department, both of which made different points than the headline writers.
The headlines and the study are in conflict because:
Among other findings of the study, 69 per cent of those who left AFDC or W-2 between January and March 1998 responded positively to our question asking if they agreed or disagreed that they were "barely making it from day to day." What "making it" meant was left to the judgment of the person answering the question.
Thats a very subjective question. People with higher incomes, for example, also might answer the same question the same way.
For that same reason, we also arent placing too undue an emphasis on responses from:
"Some critics of AFDC and W-2 predicted before the end of AFDC and start of W-2 that most people having to leave these programs would not make it at all," said Jean Rogers, Economic Support Division Administrator.
"Instead, what we are finding is that many people previously on welfare or in W-2 now believe they are at least making it, for perhaps the first time in their lives.
"And this is just the start of the post-welfare era in Wisconsin."
For a copy of the news release announcing the results of the study and links to the study and study methodology, please go to<http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/notespub/DWDWebMa/32fa_536.htm>.