EconomyBeat Podcast #15: Welfare Migration

April 28, 2010roman 2 Comments »

Paris_serious_mediumParis Porter moved from the South Side of Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota when he was 6. His family was part of a migration to the Twin Cities in the 1990s when the economy was creating more jobs than it had workers to fill them. Was Minnesota a welfare magnet in the 1990s or a jobs magnet for people who wanted to build better lives? This is just one of many questions that Porter explores in this fantastic piece from Minnesota Public Radio’s Youth Radio series. One of the (many) great moments in this piece is when Porter revisits some of the media coverage of the “welfare magnet” controversy that was stirred up around the time his family moved. Check it out.

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