public assistance


Definition of public assistance 

: government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children

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The survey, which interviewed 1,000 Puerto Ricans in the state, also found that about 90 percent of respondents had received some public assistance. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "For Puerto Rican Storm Evacuees, Another Moving Day Looms," 30 June 2018 Degree-holders are less likely to commit crimes or require public assistance., "Should Massachusetts eliminate tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?," 8 June 2018 The Philadelphia Housing Authority has a lengthy wait-list for people seeking public assistance. Julia Terruso,, "Tax on new construction advances despite Kenney concerns, scorching criticism from building trades," 6 June 2018 But as the economy continues to bounce back from the Great Recession, the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress are pushing more aggressive policies to get people off various forms of public assistance and into jobs. Greg Trotter,, "Split over plan to expand food stamp work requirements: 'A good thing' or 'a recipe for disaster'," 10 May 2018 She is charged with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, perjury in the second degree and false verification for public assistance. Monique Judge, The Root, "Dear Rachel Dolezal: Being a ‘Welfare Queen’ Actually Makes You White," 24 May 2018 Seema Verma, the top federal Medicaid official, has generally championed work requirements as a way to promote greater independence for Medicaid beneficiaries and reduce their reliance on public assistance. Robert Pear, New York Times, "A Fatal Flaw as Trump Tries to Remake Health Care: Shortcuts," 7 July 2018 But those who arrive for family reunification cannot obtain public assistance because their U.S. relatives have promised to support them. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, "Cuban immigrants are no longer 'privileged' in the United States | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 A few years ago, Wisconsin launched the Youngstar system for rating early childhood centers serving children who get public assistance on a one-star to five-star basis. Four- and five-star centers get higher payments from the state. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Rise of quality early education programs are bright spot for Milwaukee," 18 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public assistance was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of public assistance

: money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled

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