John DiGiulio

August 14, 2018

Work requirements don’t create jobs

Speaking recently on the Senate floor, Sen. John Kennedy said, “I want fewer people to need food stamps. And the best way that we can do that for those who are able to work is to help them get a job." Kennedy is right: when people are able to find good jobs, they’re less likely to need the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is evidenced by the latest data on SNAP participation and the state’s unemployment rate.

Number of the Day

6 - Percentage of the lowest-earning 25 percent of private sector workers who have any paid family leave benefits through their employer. (Source: LBP via the Bureau of Labor Statistics).