Last updated on August 14, 2019
President Donald Trump has expressed a desire to get people out of the welfare system and has proposed a work requirement to make it happen (courtesy of NPR).This, however, has raised the concern of anti-poverty groups.
According to NPR, one of Trump’s main proposals will have a requirement that able-bodied adults participate in work, job training or volunteer for about 20 hours a week to continue receiving SNAP after three months. Another would restrict immigrant’s ability to receive a green card if they get SNAP or housing. Housing assistance would also be denied to families with one or more undocumented immigrants with them. According to Newsweek, the changes to work requirements could hurt more than help.
Work requirements may increase the risk that families with working adults lose access to nutrition, health care, housing, and cash assistance benefits if these policies do not account for scheduling practices prevalent in the low wage job market.
According to Bloomberg, the administration looks to use a system called Chained CPI. Bloomberg stated that it (chained CPI) slows the growth of inflation based on the assumption that consumers will replace cheaper items when prices for certain goods increase. Newsweek stated that Trumps work requirements would “disproportionately hurt hourly workers who are unable to control their schedules.” Trump stated that his goal is to move millions of Americans away from being dependent on the Welfare system.
“Millions of able bodied, working age adults continue to collect food stamps,” Trump said in a Bloomberg article. “Without working or even looking for work.”. “Our goal is to move these Americans from dependence to independence, and into a good paying job and rewarding career.”
According to New York Times, these Welfare changes will have large costs to their state and result in over a million people losing their food stamps. The article also stressed the impact that this could have on not only the adults, but on those with children.
“On average,” the article stated. “Each of those people would lose $1,816 in SNAP benefits annually. And because a majority of the people at risk are in households with children, the result would be more hungry kids.”
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