Naples, Fl. – Today, the Foundation for Government Accountability unveiled its first round of policy research focused on its new ‘Freedom to Prosper’ campaign, which focuses on promoting opportunity for individuals by reducing restrictive licensing requirements and regulatory burdens.
The study, authored by FGA’s Andrew Brown and Jared Meyer, focuses on Florida’s recent regulatory reforms. The findings build on existing evidence that having a job is the number one predictor of how likely someone is to live in poverty, indicating that work is the best path off government dependence. Unfortunately, job-killing regulations created by state agencies and local governments limit the ability for low-income individuals to find work or start their own businesses.
“President Reagan said that the best social program is a job, and the data clearly support his claim. Only 2 percent of people who work full-time live in poverty. Alternatively, nearly 1 in 3 adult Americans under the age of 65 who did not work over the past year are stuck in poverty. Enabling and promoting work needs to be the main priority for policymakers who are concerned about low-income families,” said Meyer.
The study found:
“This research confirms that ‘Freedom to Prosper’ will help those struggling most to make ends meet, those out of the job market for far too long, and those who have just given up. How? By restoring sanity to regulations through reforms that focus on simplification and consolidation, governors can deliver on their promises of job creation and opportunity promotion. Executive-level regulatory reform in Florida was a success and this is a path that other states can follow,” said project lead Tom Newell, senior fellow with FGA.
To read the study, visit: https://thefga.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/How-Florida-Promoted-Job-Growth-By-Cutting-Red-Tape.pdf
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care and welfare policy. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.