A Tattered Safety Net
In a story about the use of North Carolina’s “Work First” program during the recession, The Charlotte Observer included the perspective of John Quinterno of South by North Strategies.
From the article:
John Quinterno, a social-policy consultant in Chapel Hill, noted that food stamp and unemployment insurance caseloads have been exploding during the recession, but Work First hasn’t.
‘What we’re seeing around the country with the recession is that this program, the way it’s been reformed, really doesn’t serve as a safety net anymore,’ he said. ‘There are some hard questions that need to be asked.’