The Truth About Welfare Reform

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What happens when able-bodied adults face work requirements in order to receive food stamps? They leave the program in record numbers, going back to work in hundreds of different industries and more than doubling their incomes. Better still, their higher income more than offsets the benefits they lose. And individuals who stay in the program increase their employment, earn higher wages, and spend half as much time on welfare.

Recently, Tara Golshan dismissed these huge successes in a screed against welfare reform. But unfortunately, her arguments against welfare reform are based on false premises, the misreading of reports, a misunderstanding relevant data, and a misplaced trust of pro-welfare lobbyists. So let’s set the record straight.

In 2015, the Foundation for Government Accountability worked with Kansas officials to track nearly 41,000 people impacted by work requirements. To date, it’s the largest welfare research study of its kind.