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Welfare Reform Plan (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-10-04

Duration: 00:16:01

Subjects: Louisiana. Department of Social Services | Welfare | Poverty


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Schaff, Lory Interviewee
  • Johnson, Daisy Interviewee
  • Bahlinger, Kathleen Interviewee
  • Bagneris, Madlyn Interviewee


This segment from the October 4, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the state’s new welfare reform plan. Chapa reports that a new federal law allows states to get block grants to administer their own welfare programs and that the federal government must approve the plan. She interviews: Sister Lory Schaff, adult learning teacher; Daisy Johnson, teachers’ aide and former welfare recipient; and Sister Kathleen Bahlinger, adult learning teacher. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Secretary Madlyn Bagneris of the Louisiana Department of Social Services. She discusses the state’s welfare reform plan.