Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has figured out a way to incentivize welfare recipients to become productive citizens and lift them out of dependence and poverty.
Governor LePage recently established work requirements for food stamp recipients who are able bodied and without dependents. They are now required to take a job, join a job training program, or perform community service in order to qualify for the program.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]According to CNS News, In the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults without dependents plummeted by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in Dec. 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015.[/pullquote]
The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program. Nationally, the number of food stamp recipients have skyrocketed, from 17.2 million in 2000 to 45.8 million in 2015. Costs have risen over the same period from $20.7 billion to $83.1 billion.
The largest growth has been among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) between the ages of 18 and 49. In 2008, this group accounted for 2 million recipients – today it is 5 million. That’s 5 million people who could and should be contributing to this country and encouraged to be productive members of society, who are being allowed to fall into the rut of government dependency instead of freedom.
The program Maine has implemented should be used in every state across the nation. It is a common sense solution that works. Most Americans believe that our government should certainly help those in need, but welfare should not be a permanent solution for able-bodied, non-elderly adults. Helping those who refuse to help themselves is unfair to taxpayers.
Governor LePage’s program gives recipients the temporary assistance they need, but also gives them the incentive they deserve to become independent as soon as possible and feel good about their own contribution to society once again.
Dennis Michael Lynch discussed this very issue on his show, UNFILTERED last night. Watch:
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