Whether a rule is cruel or kind, regulatory analysis shines a light

Bridget C.E. Dooling

Whether you prefer to excoriate or celebrate the Trump administration’s new rule to strengthen work requirements for food stamp recipients, an aspect of the rule has gone unnoticed.

Advocates of the policy change claim that work requirements keep people motivated to stay in the workforce rather than rely on government assistance. Critics claim that the policy jeopardizes people who are not in the workforce for reasons beyond their control. Both sides, though, agree that fewer people will qualify for these benefits as a result of the change.

This rule is shaped by policy considerations that are undeniably political, reflecting wildly different world views about major social challenges. It is also an example of the way that long-standing, bipartisan principles of regulatory analysis shed much-needed light on government action.

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