Wisconsin is ready to end its national ranking as a top destination for those seeking welfare over work. The abuse and fraud in programs like Food Share, Medicaid, and unemployment are significant, but the damage to economically challenged communities is even worse.
The family unit has been decimated, crime has skyrocketed, and the education system has eroded.
The government has been allowed to step in and usurp the role of the non-profit sector, faith-based communities, and the kindness of neighbors to help people who’ve hit a rough patch.
Our current welfare system is a failure. It has trapped people in a system that robs them of their purpose and dignity without getting them out of poverty. Why would anyone want to continue this trajectory?
We can begin a fresh approach by implementing a package of reforms that creates a temporary safety net through work hours up to the current benefit amount instead of simply sending a check. That’s right. If people run into a tough situation and are unable to find employment on their own, government can temporarily help connect them to employment for up to the hours that equate to the current benefit amount.
This work opportunity will get people back on their feet, rebuild their confidence, and help them reestablish stability and security that the current system fails to provide.
A detailed plan has been drafted that will swiftly open the door for many to experience the dignity and rewards found in work while making their communities safer environments for raising the next generation.