August 30, 2012
Summary of the Path to Prosperity’s Plan for Repairing the Social Safety Net
- The unsustainable government programs aimed to bolster the safety net are failing to deliver on their promise to society’s most vulnerable citizens.
- The skewed incentives of federal safety-net programs foster dependence and leave lower-income Americans most at risk to consequences of the looming spending-driven debt crisis.
- This budget repairs the safety net by returning power over public-assistance programs to the states, directing assistance to those who need it most, and strengthening federal education and job-training programs to help Americans get back on their feet.
- This budget gives states the freedom and flexibility to tailor Medicaid programs that fit the needs of their unique populations.
- This budget better focuses other low-income assistance programs, including food stamps, to those that need them most, realigning incentives to ensure these programs can best meet their critical missions.
- This budget ensures higher-education assistance programs are put on a sustainable funding path, better focusing aid on those in need and better addressing the root drivers of tuition inflation for all students.
- This budget consolidates dozens of overlapping job-training programs into accountable career scholarships so that workers have the tools to thrive in the 21st century global economy.