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Whoa: Look what happened when this state made WORK a requirement for welfare

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There are people who legitimately can’t make ends meet and are in need of a little assistance. Perhaps charity would be preferable, but we’re stuck with a government welfare system whether we like it or not.

One thing we should all agree on is that nobody should be able to completely mooch off the system – that is, make welfare a career. Preventing this would be relatively easy – institute a work requirement for welfare. Since work is not always available, require job training as a minimum.

Maine did just that, and as the Washington Examiner reported, it was to great success:

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The state’s governor, the outspoken conservative Paul LePage, ran on a promise to reform welfare in 2010 and 2014, targeting abuse of and dependency on government programs.

In fall 2014, LePage followed through by instituting new work rules for food-stamp recipients. Able-bodied adults without children would be required to work at least part time, participate in job-training programs or volunteer to receive food stamp benefits.

The result has been dramatic: The number of healthy adults without dependents receiving food stamps fell by more than 90 percent over the last year, from 13,589 to 1,206 through mid-November.

This is good for everyone.

Good for the taxpayers who are funding 90% less in food stamps.

Good for the state government, which has added more taxpayers to its rolls.

And lastly, it’s good for the poor. Welfare doesn’t cure poverty; work does. Liberals can complain about how low the minimum wage is all they want, the truth is that only 2.7% of people who work full time live in poverty.

Let’s reform welfare. The poor need it.

[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]

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