Monday, August 28, 2017

Kansas welfare reform results in higher incomes as recipients forced into labor force - By Thomas Lifson

More proof that welfare state is self-defeating. The state of Kansas performed a natural experiment when it changed from the welfare state policies of Democrat Kathleen Sebelius to the conservative policies of Sam Brownback. There has now been enough time under both regimes to assess outcomes. Ali Meyer of theFree Beacon writes:
Welfare reform implemented in Kansas caused individuals to reenter the labor force while earning higher incomes, according to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability.
Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011 and began to implement welfare reform after the previous governor, Kathleen Sebelius, had relaxed requirements for those on welfare to work or search for employment.
From 2000 to 2011, the number of able-bodied adults on cash welfare was increasing by 42 percent in Kansas, while nationally the number on welfare had dropped by a third.
Brownback first began reforming welfare by strengthening sanctions for those who received cash assistance by implementing a three-month ban on those who refused to meet work requirements. If an individual failed to meet the requirement for a second or third time, the ban was prolonged for six months to a year.
"Since these reforms took effect, compliance with work requirements has climbed from historic lows," the report states. "The percentage of able-bodied adults on the program who are employed has also risen. Meanwhile, the opposite trends were occurring both nationally and in the region with fewer able-bodied adults on welfare working."
Brownback also began collecting employment and wage data on 17,000 individuals who had left the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for a duration of four years to see if these individuals became self-sufficient.
The study found that those who left welfare saw their earnings increase by 104 percent in one year, which is $20 million more than they had while on welfare. In four years, these individuals saw their incomes increase by 247 percent.
Individuals who left welfare are also better off because they found employment in more than 600 different industries and found long-term, high-paying jobs.
Case closed on the material plane. People are better off with restrictive welfare regulations. But perhaps even more importantly, honest work is good for the soul, a truth that liberals and leftists deny. Dependence on others becomes toxic emotionally and spiritually over time, if work plays no role in an adult’s life.
Why are liberals such haters?