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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan -- A Better Way 2016
A Better Way To Fight Poverty
If the American Dream isn't true for everyone, it isn't true for anyone. All of us should have the chance to make the most of our lives no matter where we start.

Our country is all about striving, but too many of our people are stuck. Over the years, Washington has made many promises, created many programs, and spent many trillions to fight poverty. Yet today in America, if you are raised poor, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago. The key word here is "stay."

Our welfare system is rigged to replace work, not encourage work. Washington measures success by how many programs it creates, not by how many people it helps. The system traps families in a cycle of poverty, shuffling them from program to program instead of helping them break free altogether.


Key Facts:

46.7 million = Number of people, including more than one in five children, currently living in poverty.

$22 trillion = Amount D.C. has spent to fight poverty, despite little change in the 50 years of the War on Poverty.

0 = Number of cuts or increases in spending on the poor; instead investing more of what we are spending now in solutions that are working on the front lines.

13.8 million = The number of people living in highly-concentrated areas of poverty, which has nearly doubled since 2000.

Our Ideas:

1. Strengthen work requirements for welfare.

2. Encourage parents paying child support to find work.

3. Let states help unemployed learn new skills.

4. Reform Supplemental Security Income to give more services instead of cash.

5. Strengthen work requirements for food stamps.

6. Align housing benefits with welfare requirements.

7. Give states more flexibility to customize welfare programs.

8. Reimburse states more for effective programs and less for ineffective ones.

9. Make housing benefits portable.

10. Consolidate duplicative programs.

11. Let the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy do its work.

12. Use tiered-fundingmodels for welfare programs.

13. Develop and use common metrics.

14. Base funding decisions on program results.

15. Expand access to program data.

16. Use social-impact financing.

17. Align program data.

18. Expand use of information technology to prevent incorrect payments.

19. Support research to advance high-quality services.

20. Improve coordination among welfare programs.

21. Help parents make informed education decisions.

22. Focus on success.

23. Prioritize services that work.

24. Support state and community efforts to address local needs.

25. Support state and local efforts to expand educational choice.

26. Empower state and local community leaders.

27. Increase transparency and accountability in education choices.

28. Align workforce development programs with in-demand jobs.

29. Ensure a limited federal role in K-12 education.

30. Empower states and families to make informed decisions about higher education.

31. Simplify and improve the federal student and for higher education.

32. Promote innovation, access, and completion to reduce college costs.

33. Ensure strong accountability and a limited fderal role in higher ed.

34. Ensure appropriate standards for child nutrition.

35. Improve flexibility for child nutrition programs.

36. Explore new delivery methods for child nutrition programs.

37. Prevent a taxpayer bailout of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

38. Ensure pension plans are well-funded and employers remain in the system.

39. Protect access to affordable retirement advice.

40. Make it easier for employers to band together to offer 401(k)s.

41. Cut red tape for retirement advice.

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