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On May 25, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services released a report on how individuals who transitioned off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fared in the years that followed. This report follows Governor Paul LePage’s 2012 decision to enforce existing time limits for this supposedly temporary program’s eligibility. Despite claims that moving people off government assistance would...[ read more ]

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We can all agree on the need for a safety net for the most vulnerable among us: seniors, poor children and individuals with disabilities. Sadly, the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has put services for those least able to help themselves in jeopardy. To fix this, Illinois should freeze new enrollment in the expansion. This would allow those who enrolled...[ read more ]

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After seven years, North Carolina is on track to reform their past costly welfare expansions that have led to the state attracting many new enrollees, but trapped many in poverty in the process. The legislative reform agenda includes a vital and common sense change to increase the frequency of eligibility checks in order to stop paying for individuals that no...[ read more ]

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Under the governor, fewer Mainers are on welfare and more are working. Maine, which once led the nation in dependence on government welfare, is taking yet another step forward to fix its welfare system. After six years of tackling tough welfare problems, Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, recently introduced a bill to further overhaul taxpayer-funded benefits programs. The Welfare Reform for...[ read more ]

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The AHCA passed the House today, and in the debate leading up to the vote the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) released a blog post this week that estimated that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) underfunded high-risk pools by $200 billion over 10 years. The media and opponents of the AHCA have latched onto the blog. There’s just one...[ read more ]

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On April 26, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the New HOPE Act, which would allow governors to use existing federal funds for technical education “to identify and eliminate excessive occupational licensure.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. This bill follows the licensing reforms that Rep. Walberg unsuccessfully pushed last year. But with the growing realization...[ read more ]

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He can take further steps to reduce new regs, repeal old ones, and increase transparency. Every new president, dating back to Jimmy Carter, has promised to cut regulations. Even President Obama’s executive orders on improving the regulatory process and cutting red tape sounded impressive when they were issued. That was before six of the seven all-time-high years for pages of...[ read more ]

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As momentum for occupational licensing reform grows so do the depths to which opponents are willing to sink to maintain special treatment. Today’s occupational licensing laws protect established licensees, by making it more difficult for competitors to enter their industries. In fact, 30 percent of workers must seek government’s permission to work. A current fight in Arizona over exempting low-income applicants...[ read more ]

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The title of a new Mackinac Center report by Jarrett Skorup, "This Isn't Working: How Michigan's Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers," shows the various problems posed by today's level of occupational licensing. While the report focuses on Michigan, it provides a roadmap for other states to follow as they work to restore sanity to their occupational licensing laws. However,...[ read more ]

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On April 6, the House of Representatives added an amendment from Rep. Gary Palmer (AL) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before their recess. The amendment was drawn, in part, from the proposal in our previous Health Affairs Blog post. The proposal sparked a flood of media coverage, but many stories left much to...[ read more ]