Ted was on Upstream Ideas last week discussing how millions of Illinois residents remain dependent on government through programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Nationally, food stamp enrollment has finally returned to 2010 levels. In Illinois, food stamp enrollment in Illinois is still up 17 percent – stuck at 1.9 million people.

The state’s goal should be to encourage people to get off food stamps by encouraging jobs and a stronger economy. Instead, Illinois encourages dependency.

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