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WAGES Caseload Declines; the Program Faces Participant Employment Challenges, Report No. 99-30, January 2000
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The report presents OPPAGA's review of Florida's welfare-reform initiative, the WAGES Program. The WAGES Program is intended to develop opportunities for cash assistance recipients, remove barriers to employment, and end reliance on welfare. In our review, we found that
  • WAGES caseloads substantially decreased in recent years due to the program's emphasis on work participation, time limits on benefits, and a strong economy. However, many WAGES participants appear to be experiencing difficulty finding permanent work or retaining jobs, and few earn enough to be financially self-sufficient.
  • The Legislature should promote the placement of participants in better quality jobs. Private providers could be provided incentives for placing participants in higher wage jobs that also provide benefits.
  • The Legislature should also require the development of post-employment services to help former participants who are working and the working poor achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

School District Workforce Education
Welfare Transition

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-48 Progress Report: Legislature Improves Welfare Reform in Florida, published in September 2002.
  • Report No. 99-21 Performance Review: WAGES Employment Projects Initiative Must Address Its Design and Implementation Problems, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-35 Review of Start-up and Early Implementation Efforts Related to the WAGES Privatization Pilot Projects, published in December 1998.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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