Welfare Reform Hurting Wyoming Poor

Laramie, WY – A German Fulbright scholar studing at U-W says the state continues to have a problem with poverty even though there are very few people collecting welfare. Annette Tezli has researched welfare reform. She says part of the reason there continues to be a large number of poor people in the state is because lawmakers who pushed the reforms recognized there was a low unemployment rate in Wyoming. Tezli says work requirements meant most of those people went into low paying jobs. She says more Wyomingites are now using food stamps and Medicaid programs.