Mississippi took a step in the right direction when, at the beginning of the month, the Mississippi Department of Human Services announced it would implement work requirements for single people between the ages of 18 and 49 who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps. Although this is a positive development, there is still much that could be done to better help the State of Mississippi move people in poverty from government dependency to self-sufficiency.
Arguably the single most successful endeavor undertaken by Congress in the past 20 years was its effort to enact significant reform of the U.S. welfare system. Even greater success is possible, with simple steps that states can take to help millions of impoverished people transition from government dependency to the freedom and self-sufficiency provided by a high-quality job.
In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Heartland Policy Advisor Gary MacDougal goes on NPR to discuss the 2015 welfare reform report card and Missouri’s failing grade. MacDougal is also joined by Jeanette Mott Oxford, a former Missouri State Representative and Executive Director of Empower Missouri.
On March 23, Policy Advisor Gary MacDougal was a guest on NPR’s The Jefferson Exchange, broadcasted out of Southern Oregon University. MacDougal was on to discuss the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card and Oregon’s ‘F’ grade.
Welfare policies intended to get people back on their feet are actually keeping them on the dole by reducing economic incentives to seek better-paying jobs or work more hours. Instead of the tired policy of being “generous” with other people’s money, pro-growth policies are the key to getting people back to work.
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