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

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.