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Post : Trump’s budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform
URL : http://nationalpost.com/pmn/pmn-news/trumps-budget-sheds-light-on-plans-for-welfare-reform
Posted : February 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm
Author : The Associated Press
Tags : AP
Categories : PMN News, PMN World

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has made its stance clear on public assistance and welfare programs: If you're able-bodied and want benefits, you have to work.

President Donald Trump's 2019 budget, released Monday, makes reference to legislative reforms to programs like food stamps and public housing that include adding or tightening work requirements. Simultaneously, the budget calls for deep cuts to those programs.

The proposals come on the heels of the administration's decision to allow states to impose work requirements for Medicaid. Kentucky is working to roll out the first Medicaid work requirement, and 10 other states have requested permission to do so, as well.

Advocates say that while encouraging people to work is fundamentally a good thing, imposing strict requirements on already vulnerable populations could be disastrous for those in need.

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