Under Mayor de Blasio, New York City has essentially abandoned welfare reform

posted at 9:21 pm on December 7, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Back in the bad old days through the late 80s and early 90s, the welfare situation in this country was out of control. In New York City the problem was cast in harsh relief, with the cash recipient welfare rolls swelling to more than 1.1 million people. In some parts of the city it had become a generational culture… a “way of life” if you will, which was passed on from parents to children. In one of the things that Bill Clinton got right, he famously declared that we were going to see “the end of welfare as we know it” and those policies were vigorously embraced by mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg to their credit. Welfare to Work programs were put in place with mandatory sanctions for failing to comply with system requirements. Amazingly, all of those people who simply couldn’t find jobs apparently did so in droves and the welfare rolls were slashed to roughly 20% of what they were at their peak.

Then came Mayor Bill de Blasio. He had a lot of new ideas and liberals around the country were celebrating his progressive vision. One of the writers at The Nation cheered these moves in 2014, describing just the sort of changes Bill was pushing through.

HRA spokesperson David Neustadt explains via e-mail that the reform agenda prioritizes “increasing the number of clients in training and education programs” as well as “lowering the rate of return to cash assistance” for those placed in jobs, and getting them higher-paying positions.

HRA plans to overhaul its “sanction” system, which metes out penalties for “non-compliance” with welfare-to-work program rules, potentially leading to the termination of benefits. Clients will get more leeway to challenge what they see as unfair sanctions.

If you read that closely you’ll get a sense of some of the “progress” that de Blasio was planning. Rather than needing to be going to an actual job or enrolled in a program that led to apprenticeship for real work, the new rules would allow “full time students” (which almost any quasi-educational program could qualify for and were almost impossible to track) to qualify for full cash benefits. They were also going to essentially do away with penalties for things like missing appointments or taking the other steps required to qualify for or remain on welfare. How that was designed to result in “lowering the rate of return to cash assistance” was a mystery to many observers.

By March of this year, the results were already coming into focus, as reported by Time Warner Cable News 1 at the time.

The number of New Yorkers on welfare is reportedly on the rise, with about 13,000 more people being added to the rolls during the mayor’s first year in office.

The New York Post is reporting that the cash assistance program swelled by 4 percent in 2014.

According to an advanced look at the “Poverty and Progress in New York” report, the jump comes the same year the city added around 90,000 jobs.

There’s a key figure in that news report which should not be overlooked. After decades of being kept under control, including throughout the massive recession we underwent after 2007, the welfare rolls began rapidly swelling after the recovery began and when tens of thousands of new jobs were created in the city.

The trend hasn’t shifted in the last eight months and the NY Post has an editorial this week describing just how bad it’s gotten.

As The Post’s Rich Calder reported Friday, the city’s welfare rolls in October reached a nine-year high of 373,504, up nearly 8 percent since de Blasio took office…

Under Giuliani, that meant requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to seek work and helping them do so — policies Bloomberg continued, leading to a 70 percent cut in the welfare rolls.

But de Blasio and Banks see no difference between earning money from an employer and collecting it from the taxpayers, calling that “an ideological hang-up.”

They’re wedded to reviving a culture where finding someone a job makes less sense than providing ineffective “education and training,” where requiring any sort of personal responsibility is “demeaning.”

Bill de Blasio has turned the clock back figuratively and ramped the welfare numbers up literally toward the peak of the problem twenty or more years ago. These exact same failed policies are what brought us to that sorry state of affairs and it was only the tough changes which were put in place during the reform era which began to break the cycle of dependency and increase employment. Turning the city back over to a firebrand liberal has produced predictable results. We’re now back up to nearly 400K people on the dole, with more signing on as the word spreads that City Hall is no longer asking any questions. All the Big Apple needs is a couple more years of de Blasio and we should be back to the days of old with a million people on welfare.

Good time, liberals… good times.


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Bmore on December 7, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Next, da Donald’s citywide ban on Welfare.

hillsoftx on December 7, 2015 at 9:29 PM

All the Big Apple needs is a couple more years of de Blasio and we should be back to the days of old with a million people on welfare.

…I say accelerate it!…put all the refuges in the Big Apple!

JugEarsButtHurt on December 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Under Mayor de Blasio, New York City has essentially abandoned welfare reform

Finish this sentence: Under Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey has essentially_______________.

Joseph K on December 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

I’ve got a tear here somewhere for the good peeps of NYC, it’s around here somewhere.

Reap what you sow, aholes, and reap it hard.

Bishop on December 7, 2015 at 9:43 PM

If you’re not on the side of Deblasio then you’re a Cylon!

Bishop on December 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

DiBlasio is the kind of Socilaist that Dame Thatcher warned us about … ya know, running out of other people’s money

But the part she left unsaid … “and never his own”

The worst of the worst – one of those who is willing to kill thousands/millions/billions to satiate his own hubris.

smokeyblonde on December 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

But de Blasio and Banks see no difference between earning money from an employer and collecting it from the taxpayers, calling that “an ideological hang-up.”

…slick…

According to an advanced look at the “Poverty and Progress in New York” report, the jump comes the same year the city added around 90,000 jobs.

…a job is now considered an “ideological hang-up”…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 7, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Well, maybe California will get a break and lose a few of its 33% of the nation’s welfare cases to NYC. De Blasio will cover the heating bills, right?

de rigueur on December 7, 2015 at 9:56 PM

NYC should’ve never elected a democrat

all its best mayors were republican

nonpartisan on December 7, 2015 at 10:05 PM

*waves hands*

…oooooo…lemme take a stab at this…

Finish this sentence: Under Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey has essentially_______________.

Joseph K on December 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

…doubled the amount of donut shops…

…how’d I do..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 7, 2015 at 10:10 PM

NYC should’ve never elected a democrat

all its best mayors were republican

nonpartisan on December 7, 2015 at 10:05 PM


Not so fast there, slick. Bloomberg was a registered Democrat for his entire adult life until he ran for Mayor of the Big Apple in 2001 when he switched parties because there wasn’t an opening on his traditional team.

…you really don’t know jack sh*t about anything…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 7, 2015 at 10:16 PM

NYC should’ve never elected a democrat

all its best mayors were republican

nonpartisan on December 7, 2015 at 10:05 PM

HOLY CRAP!!!!

That Vulcan mind-meld trick actually worked!!!

nonpartisans tabbycat on December 7, 2015 at 10:21 PM

DeBlasio comes from a Marxist family.

grumpyank on December 7, 2015 at 10:23 PM

The Democratic Party has embraced all the old Marxists.

grumpyank on December 7, 2015 at 10:25 PM

The Democratic Party has embraced all the old Marxists.

grumpyank on December 7, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Just the old ones?

I’m unfortunately one of the many people who have to suffer under this radical. Even my lib friends can’t stand the guy, and they’re starting to think he’s basically insane.

Aizen on December 7, 2015 at 10:44 PM

kaiser Warren Wilhelm is even worse than Lindsay.

avi natan on December 7, 2015 at 10:46 PM

I’m sure that Numb Nuts DeBlasio looks on those 373,504 people as SOLID DEMOCRATIC VOTES.

On the other hand, the idiots voted him into office.

GarandFan on December 7, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Your missing the point people,DiBlasio is hiring lowlifes to
NOT Work,they are effectively employed by the democratic party to vote once every 4 years to keep the Party in power then it’s back to taxpayer funded vacation
Talk about the Best City Job EVER

IXXINY on December 7, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I remeber when the subways and buses were scary and dangerous to ride and you wouldnt take your kids to Central Park or Union Square. Adding insult to injury, this will simply make the safer areas of the city more expensive as inequality increases and those with a bit of money try to keep their families safe.

Longsen on December 7, 2015 at 11:12 PM

It is what socialists do. Keep them mollified and living on minimal income and voting Democrat. Problem is that it never works for long.

Techster64 on December 7, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Cloward-Piven almost worked in New York. I guess he’s giving it another try.

The Rogue Tomato on December 7, 2015 at 11:23 PM

There’s ZERO chance this communist is getting re-elected. Even liberals in NYC hate his guts

AYNBLAND on December 7, 2015 at 11:37 PM

Discontinue state and federal subvention and let ‘er rip!

Mason on December 7, 2015 at 11:51 PM

DeBlovio has just issued an Executive Order ordering a 100% increase in the number of darkened doorways. Streetlights have been determined to be a ‘blight’ on the city.

vnvet on December 8, 2015 at 9:29 AM

You do know New York subsidizes you red state yokels, right?

inklake on December 8, 2015 at 9:33 AM

You do know New York subsidizes you red state yokels, right?

inklake on December 8, 2015 at 9:33 AM

LOL, not even close you ignorant fukktard.

You just have to laugh when the ignorant grubers trot this debunked ignorance based meme out.

Here’s a factoid for you, numbnuts.

80% of all the Federal $ going to SNAP (you know actual welfare subsidized by taxpayers) goes to urban areas like NYC. Urban areas vote blue to the tune of 85%. Those other 15%? Those are the ones sending tax $ to the Feds that supposedly “subsidizes” those red states.

And by the way you ignorant SOB. CA and NY get 40% of the actual WELFARE $ from the Feds.

You’re dismissed.

HumpBot Salvation on December 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

The number of New Yorkers on welfare is reportedly on the rise, with about 13,000 more people being added to the rolls during the mayor’s first year in office.

According to an advanced look at the “Poverty and Progress in New York” report, the jump comes the same year the city added around 90,000 jobs.

Makes sense… 90,000 more government case workers for 13,000 more welfare recipients.

Just two different kinds of welfare.

Marcola on December 8, 2015 at 1:26 PM