Item from the Smart Marriages Archive, reproduced in the Divorce Statistics Collection

WELFARE STUDY FINDS CORRELATION WITH REDUCED DIVORCE RATES
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Minnesota Welfare Reform Helps Reduce Divorce Rates

Chicago Tribune, June 1, 2000
Minnesota's welfare reform program shows signs of promoting marriage
and reducing divorce rates among recipients, the Chicago Tribune
reported.
Two-thirds of participants in the state's ``make work pay'' program
stayed
married between 1994 and 1996, more than the 48 percent of other welfare
recipients, a Manpower Demonstration Research Corp. study found. The
program,
which lets welfare recipients keep a percentage of benefits after taking
jobs, was designed to avoid traditional penalties against marriage and
work,
the paper said.

Families in Minnesota's welfare reform program, which has cut welfare
rolls
by 28 percent since it was fully established in 1997, are automatically
eligible for medical assistance, get job- placement services and have
child-care aid paid directly to their daycare providers.




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