Work-Subsidy Pilot Bill Heads To Final Vote

LINCOLN -- Arial">A proposed work-subsidy program aimed at Nebraskans who qualify for welfare is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave the bill second-round approval on Thursday. The measure by Sen. Sue Crawford, of Bellevue, would create a pilot program to subsidize employment for parents or young people who make as much as 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The subsidies would taper off six months. Supporters pointed to similar measures that have succeeded in other states, while some critics cast it as unnecessary government spending. Crawford says the bill helps low-income people gain work experience and increase their earning potential. The pilot program would end after four years.