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Mandatory jobs and training programs could boost US GDP by $160 billion

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“State lawmakers need to enact policies that equip those able-bodied adults who collect food stamps with the tools to help them get off the sidelines,” said FGA senior researcher Jonathan Bain.

A recent report by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) explains how lawmakers can boost the national gross domestic product (GDP) by nearly $160 billion by requiring participation in mandatory employment and training (E&T) programs for able-bodied adults collecting food stamps.

At the height of the pandemic, federal lawmakers suspended common sense work requirements for able-bodied adults on food stamps, leading many states to see an increase in food stamp sign-ups and a reduction in the workforce. Today, the latest data available shows that most able-bodied adults on food stamps do not work at all.

An updated economic model—similar to that used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after work requirements were adopted in 1996—shows that making E&T attendance mandatory for valid adults in coupons food can strengthen the workforce, and boost the national economy, increasing the country’s GDP by nearly $160 billion.

“States already have well-funded E&T programs in place, but these programs lack uptake, which wastes taxpayers’ money,” said Jonathan Bain, lead researcher. “As the Biden administration continues to push policies that discourage work and handcuff the American economy, state lawmakers must enact policies that equip these able-bodied adults who collect food stamps with the tools to help them get out of the sideline.”

By making E&T participation mandatory, states can do what federal lawmakers won’t: enact policies that spur change, address critical worker shortages, and strengthen the economy.

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a nonprofit, multistate think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to live the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.

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