ON-Lion Letter
Wisconsin is rightly seen as the national leader in reforming welfare programs.  It is time to look beyond work requirements and caseload reductions, however.  To begin the deeper examination of welfare policy, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) sponsored a conference on "Welfare and the Family" in Milwaukee in May 19.

During the conference, an eclectic group of national thinkers addressed the intersection between welfare policy and issues such as:  parental involvement, especially fatherhood; child well-being; marriage and divorce; family living arrangements; and non-marital sex, pregnancy, and child birth.  Attendees gained a better understanding of what the state of Wisconsin -- and the nation as a whole -- can (and can't) do to build a welfare policy that has strong, stable families at its center.

The discussions were moderated by former White House and Congressional welfare-policy advisor Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.  The luncheon speaker was Wade F. Horn, a former Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WPRI.
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