I-"Our Costly Dilemma: Inside Welfare: Close-up of a Staggering Problem" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

I-"Our Costly Dilemma: Inside Welfare: Close-up of a Staggering Problem" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

Penetrating Look at Costs, Cases Yielded by News' 6-month Study

by: Ed May | publication date: June 7, 1960 | Publication: Buffalo Evening News |

Every minute your clock ticks, New York State Welfare costs average $1075.

Each day, the relief cash register totals about $1,547,945.

And when the calendar reached Dec. 31, 1959, the bill for helping the needy in New York State stood at a single-year record of $565,000,000.

For three months this writer spent some of that money as a caseworker for the Erie County Department of Social Welfare.

The first in the series called "Our Costly Dilemma" by Buffalo Evening News reporter Ed May exposing inefficiencies and abuses in New York State's Welfare system. The article also includes an editor's note titled "What Welfare Means to You" explaining the genesis of the project and the various sources and resources the paper used.

Copyrighted, used with permission.