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Entitlement Reform

MAY 16, 2018

Government Should Scrap Job-Training Schemes for Unemployed (Audio: Interview)


Are worker training programs a meaningful taxpayer investment for welfare reform? Dr. Merrill Matthews weighs in with Wisconsin’s Vicki McKenna on WIBA and WISN. 

MAY 10, 2018

Workfare and Job Training: Good Idea or Bad Idea? (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses recent welfare reform proposals that would allow job-training programs as a substitute for work requirements. "The only effective job training is on-the-job training," said Matthews, who also gets into a philosophical discussion regarding whether government has any role to play in vocational training. 

APRIL 13, 2018

Census Citizenship Question Helps Count the Uninsured (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with Vicki McKenna on WIBA and WISN, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews says a U.S. citizenship question on the next census is not only germane but pragmatic for helping to count the number of uninsured. 

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

A Radical Idea for the Food Stamp Program (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses how President Trump has proposed replacing part of the food stamp program with a box of nutritious food. Matthews says the idea is well worth considering, especially as a state demonstration project. 

JUNE 7, 2017

Texas Bathroom Controversy, Property Tax Reform, and Workfare (Audio: Interview)


In an interview with 570 AM KLIF’s Grant Stinchfield, Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses top questions for the upcoming Texas special legislative session, including the viability of HB2899, a limited government solution to the bathroom controversy. Plus, what can Texas learn from California regarding property taxes? And on the national front, Matthews makes the case for putting more welfare beneficiaries to work to grow the economy, but will Republicans have the courage to implement “workfare”?

MAY 23, 2017

Trump’s Budget Cuts (Audio: Interview)


President Trump’s budget is out and slashes spending on many entitlement and welfare programs, including Medicaid. IPI’s Dr. Merrill Matthews gives his take with Ed Dean on WBOB.  

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Turning Welfare Into Workfare (Audio: Interview)


Merrill Matthews joins Bill Meyer on KMED to explain why it’s a good time for Congress and President-elect Donald Trump to turn welfare into “workfare.” 

JUNE 20, 2016

Would Welfare Recipients Do Better Working for Benefits? (Audio: Interview)


House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “workfare” model of welfare reform is intended to restore dignity to those in need of a safety net and then help get them back on their feet rather than the government dole. 

JUNE 13, 2016

Should Welfare Recipients Have to Work for Benefits? (Audio: Interview)


House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “workfare” model of welfare reform is intended to restore dignity to those in need of a safety net and then help get them back on their feet rather than the government dole. 

DECEMBER 10, 2015

Should You Be Able To Buy Junk Food with Food Stamps? (Audio: Interview)


In this interview with KMED’s Bill Meyer, IPI’s Merrill Matthews discusses whether we should be making welfare more comfortable or uncomfortable for recipients in this manner.   

 

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