Punishes working parents

I’m writing this letter in regard to the welfare system in Washington. In this state any single woman or man that has children while trying to work cannot make it. Every time a woman works and starts to make any good money, she is kicked off the system. I am a single mother with two young children and work full-time as the manager of a hair salon. Working this job, I make commission-based pay. Some months, when the salon is busy, I make good money, other months the money is not so good. In this state they look at what you’ve made the past three months to determine whether you qualify for help with daycare – instead of what you make currently. They look at some months and try to revoke my daycare assistance. Yet, when they decide to take away my daycare assistance, I might not be making as much money as I did the previous month.

Something needs to change in the system or no single parent will be able to continue to work to try to support his or her family.


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