Time is just right for moving more Americans from welfare to work

  • Kristina Rasmussen

The Trump administration this week released its 2020 budget request, which offers bold and effective welfare reforms that can capitalize on a roaring economy and move more Americans into the workforce. Frankly, it could not come at a better time.

There is a near-record number of able-bodied adults dependent on food stamps today—and only eight percent of this group work full-time jobs. According to government data, 28 million able-bodied adults are on Medicaid, and most aren’t working at all.

Other would-be workers are being kept on the sidelines by a broken federal disability insurance program that disincentivizes work—similar to the welfare system. Still more are dissuaded by government-imposed barriers, high occupational licensing fees and lengthy education and training requirements that often do not align with a given profession.