They’re the think tank pushing for welfare work requirements. Republicans say they’re experts. Economists call it ‘junk science.’

An obscure, Florida-based policy group with ties to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and two of the country’s most conservative Republican governors has become one of the loudest and most persuasive voices in the debate over new work requirements in the food stamp program.

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Government Shuts Down

Jim Braude is joined by Boston Herald columnist and host of the “Michael in the Morning” podcast, Michael Graham, and attorney Cynthia Dill, a former Maine state senator and columnist for the Portland Press Herald.

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