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40 years ago: Costs of welfare programs increasing dramatically

February 10, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 10, 1971:

  • The cost of welfare programs was increasing dramatically across the U.S., and it was no different in Douglas County. Of the property taxes paid in Douglas County, 17 percent was going for welfare purposes, as opposed to 10 percent three years before. The county’s 1971 welfare budget called for expenditures of 2.4 times the actual expenditures of 1968. And even with that increase, County Welfare Director John Derrick said, “I think we’ll probably run out of money again.”
  • The local Red Cross office was forwarding inquiries on friends and relatives to Los Angeles, where an earthquake had struck the day before. Forty-four deaths were reported and more than 1,000 persons were injured in the quake, which had also cracked the 150-foot dam of the city’s largest reservoir.
  • Today marked the first time in a week that the Lawrence temperature had inched above the freezing mark. The relief was welcome, but it was not as impressive as the record high for this date, which had been 78 degrees in 1932.


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