How can we help Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan work at the state level?

by Ryan Streeter on July 28, 2014. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

So….there’s been a lot of commentary about the Paul Ryan anti-poverty plan.

For example, you can read posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Most comment on the merits of the plan. Tyler Cowen, however, raises a good point that others avoid: the block grant proposal begs the question of whether states will innovate well enough to justify the policy. He says that block grant proposals can be “the lazy man’s way” not facing tough questions.

He then says, “I’d like to see a possible plan for just a single state, or better yet, two or three, that is supposed to represent an improvement.”

That’s a really good point. Conservative think tanks and thought leaders who have helped formulate the ideas in Ryan’s plan have not spent much time on this front.┬áThe plan would be a lot more effective if innovators at the state level were involved early on to help figure out how a policy would work in practice.