Food Stamp Work Requirements Helped Mississippi Taxpayers Save Nearly $93 Million Per Year, New Study Finds

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Naples, FL — The restoration of work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults in Mississippi on food stamps led to a 72 percent decrease in able-bodied adult enrollment, helping Mississippi taxpayers save nearly $93 million per year, according to a new tracking study published by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

The study shows that able-bodied Mississippians leaving food stamps found work in 716 diverse industries and saw their wages more than double just over a year after leaving welfare.

“Thanks to Gov. Bryant’s leadership, Mississippi is reaping the rewards of real welfare reform. Work requirements have led to fewer welfare checks, more paychecks, and a more sustainable program for Mississippians that truly need it,” said Nic Horton, FGA research director and co-author of the report. “Mississippi is showing the way for other states looking to boost their local economies and help able-bodied adults trapped in dependency, and state leaders should take note.”

The full report can be read here.

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The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.