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.
This discussion was initiated after a Missouri bill was proposed that would reduce the amount of time a person could stay of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Oxford says the reduction would only hurt the needy; MacDougal disagrees. He explains how states with low welfare grades could implement policies that would help people off of dependency and into self-sufficiency. While Oxford and MacDougal disagree on specific policies, he states they share the same goal of helping the needy.