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universal basic income and the family structure

The American safety net is not perfect, but it does a good job of ensuring that low-income Americans have enough support to meet their basic needs. Universal Basic Income (UBI) would be an unaffordable way to undermine our social safety net’s successes, transferring money away from those who need it most.

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Dropping out of high school, not having a full-time job, and having a child outside of wedlock are all associated with a dramatically increased risk of being poor. This is information worth sharing with today’s adolescents and young adults.

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The House Ways and Means TANF discussion draft is a good starting place to refocus TANF on employment and make many needed changes to the law.

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Material deprivation in the United States is now at an all-time low not simply because TANF provides a benefit that allow poor Americans to live a bit more comfortably, but because it encourages them to work and earn income.

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Debate continues over whether the approaches favored by Wisconsin and other states will lead to positive results, but in the absence of federal action, state welfare reform efforts provide the best chance to help the nation’s poor.

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Join AEI for a conversation with House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and an expert panel on the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the American workforce under the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Angela Rachidi answers some of the most common objections to her proposal to restrict individuals from using SNAP funds to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages.

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prisoner education and recidivism

At its core, the American Dream is about making it from the bottom to the middle. We should do more to celebrate our fellow Americans who  earn their success and simply build decent lives for themselves and their families.

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The best efforts against poverty reinforce what people are doing right.

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Robert doar universal basic income income inequality

Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies Robert Doar debated Taylor Jo Isenberg of the Roosevelt Institute on the merits of a universal basic income.

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work requirements help the poor

While some have argued that work requirements for safety net programs are “cruel”, AEI’s Angela Rachidi argues that work requirements can help those at risk of poverty to stay connected to the labor force and lead better lives.

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