Wisconsin’s Governor Walker has recently proposed requiring food stamp and housing assistance recipients to work or risk losing this assistance. His proposals reflect a long pattern of targeting the poorest families in the name of making them more responsible and independent. The strategy can be traced back to the Reagan presidency, and the years since then have seen the whittling away of the safety net, which is now so shredded that identifying the next group of families who receive services that can be cut is itself a challenge of sorts. This essay briefly traces the history of these proposals and the attitudes and politics that helped to create them.
This curriculum provides information commonly taught in financial literacy classes, but tailored to the circumstances of low-income noncustodial parents who must contend with child support debt before building assets. It can be used as an informational tool for trainers or practitioners, or as a guide for noncustodial parents.
This paper explores the issue of incarcerating parents for nonpayment of child support and the impact of incarceration on parents’ ability to pay child support.