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Human rights -- Legislation, Public welfare administration -- United States -- Evaluation, Social justice


Professor Norman L. Wyers, representing participants of Oregon town hall meetings and the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, addressed the joint hearings before a task force of the welfare reform subcommittee of the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.D. In his testimony on welfare reform philosophy, Wyers emphasizes Oregonians' strong support for government-sponsored employment (68%) over income maintenance and preference for job development (42%) as a primary strategy. Surprisingly, 56% favor universal benefits, challenging assumptions about selective programs. Wyers warns against work relief proposals in H.R. 9030, citing historical failures. According to the town meeting findings, Oregonians believe benefits should be universal, avoiding stigmatizing the poor. Wyers urges Congress to consider these findings in the reform of public welfare.


Joint Hearings before the Welfare Reform Subcommittee of the Committee on Agriculture Committee on Education and Labor Committee On Ways And Means I U.S. House Of Representatives Ninety-Fifth Congress First Session on H.R. 9030 - a Bill To Replace the Existing Federal Welfare Programs - Part III - Public Witnesses

October 14, 31; November 1, 1977

Serial 95-49

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