India announces changes in subsidies, will hand out cash to its poor (WaPo)
@3 years ago with 10 notes
"Government audits in the past decade have found that corrupt traders and officials divert almost half of the cheap grains and cooking fuel meant for the poor, with just 27 cents of every dollar spent on such subsidies reaching the intended recipients.
Now India wants to fix that leaking bucket of welfare spending. On Monday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that the country will move toward direct transfers of cash subsidies for cooking fuels and fertilizer. Under the annual budget he unveiled, India will spend almost $35 billion on subsidies, down 14 percent from the current year.”
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welfare's safety net hard to measure among states (wapo)
@3 years ago
"Taken together, this new portrait of welfare answers a central question that hovered over the impassioned debate of the mid-1990s, when Congress and the Clinton administration transformed welfare from a federal entitlement into a state-run program of temporary assistance that emphasized work. How would the reshaped welfare system respond, policymakers and advocates wondered then, if the economy plunged into long, serious trouble?
Nearly three years after the start of a grave economic downturn, it now is clear that ‘despite extremely high levels of employment, that has not translated into welfare increases as much as many people expected,’ said Douglas J. Besharov, a University of Maryland professor who has studied welfare for years.”
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