Sins of Omission

RECENT STORIES IN both dailies declared Minnesota's welfare-to-work pilot program--the basis of the state's welfare reforms--a success. But nowhere in the laudatory articles did either paper mention significant differences between the successful pilot Minnesota Family Investment Project (MFIP), on trial for several years now, and its welfare-reform counterpart (MFIP-S), scheduled to be the norm statewide by next spring. For example, under MFIP individuals develop employability plans, while MFIP-S takes a more cookie-cutter approach and limits training and education opportunities. Also, people can stay on MFIP until their earnings reach 140 percent of the poverty level, but will have to get off MFIP-S at 120 percent, which critics fear will bar families from becoming self-sufficient.

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