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Florida Welfare Reform

Philip Blumberg served as a member of the Board of Directors for Florida Welfare Reform and the Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency (WAGES) coalition, during which time he actively encouraged the local business community to help and employ disadvantaged men and women.

In 1996 the state of Florida made a bold policy change to improve welfare spending and encourage welfare recipients to gain and retain employment. Policy makers in Florida have made extensive progress in welfare reform by placing responsibility and decision making power in the hands of business men.

The WAGES program imposes work requirements on welfare recipients and has tightened aid requirements. This tightening has encouraged more impoverished community members to take advantage of educational opportunities and / or seek out full-time jobs to qualify for state financial assistance.

By and large, the program has successfully empowered poor community members to work toward self-sufficiency and gain the confidence needed to succeed in their jobs and, more importantly, their lives.