Work Requirements Don’t Work

Work Requirements Are (Socially) Toxic Sludge

Work requirements for anti-poverty programs don’t encourage work, as their proponents claim. Instead, the evidence indicates, these misguided policies make it harder for people to maintain or find employment. Their principal effect is stripping people of the benefits they rely on to survive. Since work requirements were imposed in 1997, they have stripped direct financial support in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from almost 2 million families. ….[READ]