Recent Posts
The Commonwealth Foundation’s Weekly Update

CF Finalist for International Award--Thanks to You!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Dear CF Friend, Every year, the Atlas Network honors one nonprofit for a major contribution to the global free market ...

Read More

Knowles to Host Tamaqua District Office Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 28

TAMAQUA – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) cordially invites residents of the 124thLegislative District to join him on Friday, Sept. 28, for ...

Read More

Chicago Democrats Harass Food Truck Vendors

                    ~ Liberty Planet Chicago has a higher than average crime rate, serious pension problems and a host of other issues; even ...

Read More

'Obama Built a Legacy Built on Sand': Chaffetz Explains How Trump Demolished Obama's Legacy

MADISON DIBBLE | IJR John Gress/Reuters/Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama laid into President Donald Trump, breaking the longstanding tradition of presidents abstaining from political ...

Read More

Another Leftist Attacks a Republican

The MSM continues to give Maxine Waters's rhetoric and antifa violence a pass. By the Political Editors · at the Patriot ...

Read More

B56536_BETHSINGER_FLAG

TDS: College Professor Shoots Himself in Class to Protest Prez

                                        ...

Read More

Beginning to Worry about the Safety of the President 

                   By The Common Constitutionalist   President Donald J. Trump arrives at the Inaugural Parade ...

Read More

WYOMING GOP OFFICE SET ON FIRE LESS THAN TWO DAYS AFTER OPENING — POLICE SAY IT WAS INTENTIONAL

Peter Hasson | Reporter/ The Daily Caller A Republican Party office in Wyoming was set on fire just two days after ...

Read More

Police Respond to Mass Shooting Threat at MAGA Event at Trump Hotel

Jack Posobiec / TwitterPolice patrol outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday after a Twitter user threatened ...

Read More

ERIC SWALWELL’S REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER NARROWLY ESCAPES STABBING ATTEMPT — SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Peter Hasson | Reporter from The Daily Caller California man Farzad Fazeli was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to stab a ...

Read More

Latest News

[smoothslider]

National welfare reform expert: families are better off when they work (with audio, photos, video)

Share

 

National welfare reform expert: families are better off when they work

 

HARRISBURG – Dr. Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, briefed several state senators about his research regarding the success of work requirements in lifting people out of poverty at a Senate briefing on Tuesday.

The briefing was hosted by the Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) as part of a series to feature national experts on federal and state welfare policies.

“The goal is to help those who genuinely need it, lift those out of poverty who are able and provide safeguards for taxpayer dollars,” Argall said. “We cannot push state policy in a vacuum – we need to see what has worked and the data to prove it. Both today’s briefing and last week’s briefing have been instrumental in that regard.”

Haskins, who served on staff for 14 years on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, discussed major efforts under the Clinton Administration to overhaul the federal welfare programs. When discussing how states move forward with welfare reform, Haskins suggested looking at Nebraska for building a skilled labor force.

“I would carefully quiz the [administration] over what they are doing,” Haskins suggested, referring to workforce development efforts for low income individuals. “These individuals need skills that are marketable in the local economy by working with community colleges.”

At the conclusion of the briefing, Argall pledged to work with the members who expressed an interest in welfare reform at the state level to come up with commonsense solutions demanded by taxpayers that have the ability to pull people out of poverty and back to work.

“We have a labor shortage, yet our social assistance programs continue to expand,” Argall said. “The best anti-poverty program is a job that pays the bills. We need to make that link and break the cycle of poverty in communities all across the state.”

You can watch the briefing in its entirety here.

You can listen to Chairman Argall question Dr. Haskins over why the work requirement debate continues to dominate state houses across the country here.

Dr. Haskins’ testimony and presentation can be found here.

6.12.18 MPC 1

PHOTO CAPTION: Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) chairs a Senate Majority Policy Committee briefing with a nationally renowned expert on welfare reform at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

 

6.12.18 MPC 2

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution updates members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee on ways to move welfare recipients into family-sustaining jobs at a public briefing at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

 

6.12.18 MPC 3

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), third from right, listen to Dr. Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution testify about welfare reform policies that have been effective at the national and state government levels.

###

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

Polls

Please take our reader satisfaction poll. Please select one from each part.

View Results