Self-sufficiency: An illusive vision

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The measures passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 “to end welfare as we know it” were heralded as a ticket to economic self-sufficiency. The poor would be encouraged to enter the workforce and eventually leave all welfare assistance behind.

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Colorado county eligibility limits for childcare assistance

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Income eligibility limits for Colorado Child Care Assistance in the state’s largest counties.

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Table: Income eligibility limits and children served

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View a table of all 64 counties listing income eligibility limits and number of children served in 2012.

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Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect

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The measures passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 “to end welfare as we know it” were heralded as a ticket to economic self-sufficiency. The poor would be encouraged to enter the workforce and eventually leave all welfare assistance behind.

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Cliff Effect: Jeannett Escarcega

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Jeannett Escarcega has first-hand experience with what it means to suffer the cliff effect. That’s what happens when a raise in salary leads to the termination of a work support benefit, leading to what often is a big net loss for the family involved.

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The “Cliff Effect” Thwarts the Working Poor

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One stated goal of the welfare reforms of 1996 was to encourage people to enter the workforce. Once there, new work support programs would enable low-income families to rise toward self-sufficiency

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