Put Work Requirements for Food Stamps on Steroids


States have tried it, and it works. Congress should apply the lesson at the federal level.

President Trump’s recently released budget should start a long overdue conversation about the next round of welfare reform in America. The new budget rightfully prioritizes work requirements. They protect resources for the truly needy and unlock economic opportunity for those trapped in entitlement programs. When work requirements are implemented, able-bodied adults go back to work in hundreds of different industries, doubling their incomes within just a year. Higher incomes more than offset lost benefits, with those leaving welfare better off than they ever were on it.

There is no doubt the public supports work requirements. They are backed by around 80 percent of Americans, including 70 percent of Democrats, with wide support for extending work requirements to new programs and populations.