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President Johnson and his wife are shown leaving the home of Tom Fletcher, father of eight, who told Johnson he'd been out of work for nearly two years.  The president made a trip to eastern Kentucky to see conditions in the region. (AP)
President Johnson and his wife are shown leaving the home of Tom Fletcher, father of eight, who told Johnson he'd been out of work for nearly two years. The president made a trip to eastern Kentucky to see conditions in the region. (AP)
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A new report has found that states with larger African-American populations offer less cash welfare assistance to poor families. Programs in those states may put tighter limits on how long a parent can receive cash assistance, or make it harder to meet work requirements.

Heather Hahn of the Urban Institute joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the report, and welfare in the United States.

Below is a graphic from the Urban Institute report, showing state-by-state changes in the ratio of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cases to families in poverty from 1996 to 2014:

(Courtesy Urban Institute)
(Courtesy Urban Institute)

This segment aired on June 8, 2017.

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