The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 26, 1998 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WASHINGTON TUESDAY, MAY 26, 1998 WELFARE Survey: Welfare hiring on rise : But 53 of largest 100 Companies have no ^elfare-to-work plans f By LAURA MECKLER f, fihe Associated Press ft' " I ; WASHINGTON — As the econ- J qmy booms and welfare changes ; take hold, most of the nation's ; large companies have no pro• gram in place to hire, people off \ the rolls, and many of the exist; 'ing programs are quite modest, fan Associated Press survey I finds. ' Still, four times as many firms ; have programs today than a year : ago, when the AP conducted a ; similar survey. • "The myths have been shat- . tered and the stereotypes have /been proven wrong," said Leah >Soupata, senior vice president ;-Tor human resources at United •: Parcel Service, which hired •; nearly 8,300 former welfare re- r cipients last year. But UPS is not typical. Of the nation's 100 largest com; panies, 34 say they have welfare•; .to-work programs. Thirteen say '•they are planning programs. The rest — 53 — have no plans, ac' cording to AP interviews with each company. '•'•' The interest is up from last •"year, when just eight companies 'had programs and 16 were considering them. "A year ago we were just an idea. In fact there was some • 'skepticism this idea was going to • 'translate into reality," said Eli • Segal, president of the Welfare to Work Partnership, inspired by President Clinton to prod the i ' : private sector into hiring recipi- -•'ents. It now has 5,000 member •companies, each committed to ' -hiring at least one person. •"• • A partnership survey shows Welfare to work A breakdown of largest companies and employers that do or do not have welfare to work programs: The 100 largest companies (most revenue) Planning programs The 50 largest employers Planning programs Source: AP research AP that in the last year, 135,000 welfare recipients have been hired by U.S. companies, many of them small companies. Seventy percent have health benefits and 70 percent are full-time. About 3.6 million adults were on welfare as of last September, down from nearly 5 million at the time Clinton took office, according to government figures. On Wednesday, Clinton will celebrate the partnership's first anniversary, emphasizing the importance of not just hiring people but keeping them on the job. Since last year, the president has regularly called on the private sector to hire those on welfare. While the welfare rolls have dropped across the country, no one knows for sure where people have landed. Many fear the fate of the poor when economic times turn bad. Corporate hiring offers the hope that people will find good jobs during good times — learning skills and developing good habits — and fare better if the economy turns sour. But the AP survey found even many companies with programs have started slowly. Take Loews, which plans to open a 800-room hotel on Miami Beach this summer. The company hopes to hire 600 or 700 people, including 25 off the welfare rolls. "No one employer can absorb too many people with special needs," said Alan Moneyer, vice president of human resources. "What employers don't want and aren't good at is when they become social workers." Loews is working to organize other hotels to hire welfare recipients, too. And, Moneyer said, the company's New York headquarters hired eight people off welfare, and seven of them — "some terrific employees" — are still on board. Still, he says, he wouldn't want to hire more than 25 employees at the new hotel, and he isn't ready to launch programs at other sites. "We want to make a commitment in this area, but we want it to be in balance," he said. That approach is not unusual. Pacific Gas and Electric hired 25 in San Francisco. Electronic Da- ta Systems took on 18 in Detroit. In Seattle, Boeing hired 32 — seven more than its target. Other companies hired more: Xerox, 171 in 1997 and 1998; Sprint, 130 over the past year. Winn-Dixie is typical But the typical company is more like Winn-Dixie, the Florida-based grocery store chain. "We'd be glad to accept applications from everybody," said spokesman Mickey Clerc. "Rather than us go out and participate in all the different programs, we just say come fill out an application." The AP survey, based on telephone interviews with every company, also found: • Large companies are slightly more likely to participate in welfare hiring programs. Of the nation's 50 largest employers — some not among the 100 largest companies — 22 have programs and six plan them. • Many firms without programs say they need high-tech expertise not found in the typical welfare recipient. "Even at gas stations, we recruit college graduates," said Gail Campbell Woolley, spokeswoman for Mobil. • Last year, 16 companies told the AP they planned programs. Half of them have programs today. Five have nothing. Three still plan them. • Most companies rely on third parties to prepare welfare recipients for work. Programs range from two-week job readiness classes to longer training for specific skills. Travelers has hired more than 50 women through the Wildcat program in New York City. • Several companies join with government agencies to solve problems that welfare recipients often face. T INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE IRS official probed for $12,000 travel advance By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The No. 2 official at the Internal Revenue Service, who last fall apologized to senators for abuses at his agency, recently was investigated for a $12,000 advance for moving expenses that he hadn't fully accounted for, according to documents and interviews. IRS deputy commissioner Miejiael Dolan says he cooperated with the Treasury Department inspector general's probe and provided receipts to verify he spent more on moving expenses than the,.$12,000 advance he received more than five years ago. ., The IRS does not require its em- pjlpyees to immediately account for moving advances, giving them T EDUCATION Most think college not affordable But parents often overestimate cost of college, study says By The Associated Press , WASHINGTON — Americans believe college is worth the money but don't think it is affordable for most people, according to a poll by an umbrella group for colleges and universities. Most Americans, however, are optimistic about being able to send their own children to college. The research, conducted for the American Council on Education, also found that most Americans think college is more expensive than it really is. Among the findings: • Nearly 60 percent of Americans believe a four-year college education is "usually" worth the price. . • Sixty-five percent rank the cost of college as the top concern for, their children. •'•'.Seventy-one percent feel that a "four-year college education is not affordable for most Americans." Blacks and Hispanics were more likely to feel that way. -,«,Still, 85 percent said it is it is sqipewhat or very likely that they will be able to afford a four-year public education. It was 70 percent for private colleges and universities. '» Although Americans believed th|s in-state tuition for a four-year public college to be $9,694, data frgpi The College Board show the real amount to be $3,111. Estimates also were off by thousands of dollars for two-year public institutions and four-year private ones. six years to do so. Dolan said he had filed a report accounting for some of the advances years ago, and now has accounted for all of them, "I provided records to substantiate expenses in excess of the $12,000 travel advance," he said. IRS spokesman Steve Pyrek said the service is barred by privacy rules from saying whether it has received a report from the Treasury department detailing its findings. News of the Dolan inquiry comes amid allegations that the IRS, under fire for conducting armed raids on nonviolent taxpayers and other questionable tactics, has not done enough to correct employee misconduct and punish wrongdoers. Kristi Copas Broker/Owner ^BROKERS ^ realty SIOUX SHELTERS For Hay • Hogs • Machinery 24', 30', 36' or 42' wide by any length 15 Year Warranty on 10 oz. Cover NORTH CENTRAL STEEL - MINNEAPOLIS, KS Call I-800-382-0106-Anytime ealtng minds* enewmg spirits, 1-800-362-0180 645 E Iron, Ste. Q»Salina 1102 Hospital Dr. * McPherson PrairieView A regional behavioral mental health system. 28,29, ft 30,1998 Nightly Events BBQ-6:00 p.m. Music Shows - 6:30 p.m. Rodeo - 8:00 p.m. Parade - Saturday, May 30th at 4:30 p.m. $7,000 Added Money Trophy Buckle to Each Event Winner Adults - $6.00 Advance, $7.00 Gate Children - $2.00 Advance, $3.00 Gate Ticket for Admission Only BBQ Available on Rodeo Grounds T SATELLITES-TO-CHINA SCANDAL White House fretted «* over satellite deal ; But aides urged Clinton to OK export by firm under investigation By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Five months ago, before satellites-to-China became the latest Clinton controversy, White House aides fretted in classified memos about the reaction to allowing a U.S. firm under criminal investigation to export more satellites to China. The aides urged President Clinton to approve the deal, but predicted it would lead to criticism. Now their fears have come true. Loral Space & Communications, a company headed by Bernard Schwartz, one of the Democratic Party's most generous financial backers, is under investigation for allegedly giving China sensitive,. military information in a 1996* satellite deal. The Justice Department told White House aides thjs year that another export waivfer for Loral might scotch any hopes of winning a conviction. • "The proposed waiver for the Chinasat 8 project might receive criticism if (Loral) is ultimately found to have contributed significantly to China's ballistic missile program," National Security Adviser Sandy Berger wrote in;a memo to Clinton early this year. "Nevertheless, the benefits of tHjs project outweigh the risk." ', Berger wrote in another memo that the proposed waiver "might; be criticized for letting (Loral) oft{ the hook on criminal charges foi*« its unauthorized assistance t< China's ballistic missile gram." Sewing & Vacuum Center 340 S. 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