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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway talks with Jonathan Williams, Vice President of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Center for State Fiscal Reform, about how welfare reform and economic reform go hand in hand, and what states can do to help the needy back onto their feet and into society.
ALEC’s report, Rich States, Poor States, cites The Heartland Institute’s 2015 Welfare Report Card, a an apples-to-apples study on states’ welfare systems, allowing governors and state legislators to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of their states’ programs, and to craft a reform agenda that truly helps those most in need. Williams explains how successful government programs are not measured by how many people they add to their rolls, but how many are helped off of the rolls, and how government policies can be reformed to actually achieve their stated goals of helping people achieve their dreams.