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Did Welfare Reform Work? The Future of the Safety Net

Thursday April 2016

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In 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act—the groundbreaking, bipartisan federal welfare-reform bill. Twenty years later, the issues of persistent poverty and income inequality dominate U.S. political discourse.

Has America failed its most vulnerable citizens? Please join MI senior fellow Jason Riley and leaders from academia, government, and the nonprofit sector for a special symposium on the past, present, and future of U.S. welfare policy.

9:00 - 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9:35 AM Introductory Remarks:
Jason Riley, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
9:35 - 10:35 AM Has Welfare Reform Succeeded?
Moderator: Jason Turner, Former Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration, Giuliani Administration
Robert Cherry, Professor of Economics, Brooklyn College
Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Bishop Shirley Holloway, House of Help, City of Hope
10:35 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 11:45 AM Welfare Reform and the Family
Moderator: Kay Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Pastor Omar Jahwar, Kingdom W.A.R. Church
Scott Winship, Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Nicholas Wolfinger, Professor of Family and Consumer Studies and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Utah
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Reception
12:15 - 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 PM The Future of Anti-Poverty Policy
Moderator: Mickey Kaus, Kausfiles
Oren Cass, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Reverend Eugene Rivers III, President, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies
1:45 - 2:00 PM Closing Remarks
Jason Riley, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute