A Texas family receives state-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Benefits.

A Texas family receives state-administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Benefits.

With only months to go before the looming October 2017 cut-off date for long-term welfare recipients in D.C., Mayor Bowser’s recently passed budget extended payments to the city’s poor indefinitely. Many say the time limit, which would have ended benefits for anyone who had received payments for 60 months or more, would have left many local families unable to support themselves. Others argued an indefinite welfare program discourages economic independence. Kojo explores the local change to welfare policy.

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