Welfare was never intended to be a one-way handout, but a program based on the idea of reciprocity. Those who receive benefits from the government should be required to work or participate in work-training as a condition.
Food stamp rolls swelled for years under the Obama administration, fresh figures show a dramatic reduction in states that recently have moved to restore work requirements.
Some states have moved aggressively to push recipients who can work back into the job market and, in due time, off the program.
Alabama began 2017 requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
The number of recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May, an 85 percent drop.
In Georgia by the end of the first three months, the number of adults receiving benefits in three participating counties dropped 58 percent
Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that in 21 additional counties that restored the work requirement, there was a 62 percent drop in SNAP participants.
Maine announced that able-bodied adults would have to find work, spend 20 hours per week in a work program, or perform community service for six hours a week. Food stamp participation declined 14.5 percent from 235,771 in January 2014 to 201,557 in January 2015.
Kansas saw a 75 percent decline after implementing work requirements in 2013. In addition, nearly 60 percent of former beneficiaries found employment within 12 months and their incomes rose by an average of 127 percent per year.
Work requirements have been enormously successful at reducing the number of people on food stamps.
Requiring SNAP recipients to participate in job training, perform 20 hours per week in a work program, or perform community service for ten hours a week is not harsh nor unreasonable.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who have introduced a bill to require able-bodied adults without children to participate in “work activation” initiatives as a condition of their benefits. It also imposes time limits on SNAP participation. We should be incentivizing work, not providing a disincentive to find a job, which is a good thing both for the taxpayer as well as for the beneficiary.