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Unfortunately, News articles and editorials concerning "welfare reform" are mistaken on one very big issue: New York State does not have "a unique constitutional mandate that the state care for its poor."

The complete phrase is, "The aid, care and support of the needy are public concerns and shall be provided by the State, and by such of its subdivisions, and in such manner and by such means, as the Legislature may from time to time determine." In other words, our state legislators can do whatever they please, whether it means raising or lowering welfare benefits.

The result is that welfare reform will not cost New York State "millions of dollars" because of welfare reform. Our state legislators have the authority to cut welfare benefits as they please.

Gary B. Savanyu Middleport

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