Ryan Turns Attention to Welfare Reform After Tax Overhaul Success

MacIver News Service | May 3, 2018

By Chris Rochester

[Madison, Wis…] With tax reform setting the stage for increased, long-term economic growth, Ryan said now is the time to focus on the workforce. “We have a skills gap in America. In Wisconsin, we have an opportunity gap,” Speaker Paul Ryan said at WMC luncheon in Madison. “That’s what we want to focus on now.”

There are 6.5 million job openings in America, but even more people who are capable of working but not in the workforce. “We want to pull people off the sidelines, off of welfare, into the workforce,” Ryan said. He outlined his goal of a 20 hour/week requirement for able-bodied, working age people to either work or go to school – mirroring recent welfare reforms in Wisconsin that have helped more than 25,000 people get off food stamps and into private sector jobs.