Labor, Education & Pensions Legislative Alerts
Increasing dependence on government programs is not the path out of poverty. A better way to help the truly vulnerable is to empower them to earn success through developing skills that are relevant in the workforce. Instead of cutting work requirements, lawmakers should expand them to similar state-based welfare programs.
By Casey Given In theory, almost all 50 states have a legal limit on how much fast their government can grow. These ceilings, known as tax and expenditure limits (TEL), typically requires legislatures to submit a balanced budget and sometimes even stipulates a maximum amount they can spend in a given year. But, in practice, [...]
By: Nicole Kaeding According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the official economic arbiter in the United States, the recession ended three years ago in June 2009. Most Americans would disagree. They see signs of a weak economy all round—from record-high unemployment rate, pain at the gas pump and concerns about making ends [...]
Do you think that interior designers should need a license to decorate your home safely? Three states and the District of Columbia do. What about professional shampooers to avoid the hazards of soap suds? Five states have such licensing requirements, and the same absurd constraints often apply to other “dangerous” jobs like florists, home entertainment installers, auctioneers, and hairbraiders.
The “welfare-to-work” program has been extremely successful in helping many low-income Americans pull themselves out of poverty. This legislation ensures that neither the President nor unelected bureaucrats have the authority to unilaterally waive the requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law as they see fit.