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States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:13 AM
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States are moving to once again require able-bodied adults to put in work hours in exchange for food stamps, after the requirements largely were suspended by the Obama administration.

The slow-moving reversal follows the administration pulling back on Clinton-era changes that required recipients to work for government welfare benefits. Signing the reform bill in 1996 alongside then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, then-President Bill Clinton said the goal was to make welfare “a second chance, not a way of life.”

But during the last recession, President Obama allowed states to suspend a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours per week or participate in a training program to receive benefits for more than three months.

He allowed recipients to stay on food stamps indefinitely, arguing the three-month maximum was unfair with unemployment at 10 percent.

"Food stamp recipients didn't cause the financial crisis, Wall Street did," said Obama at this past January’s State of the Union address.

Unemployment today is half of what it was in 2009, yet last year more than 40 states did not require welfare recipients to work.

Kansas was one of the first states to reverse that in 2013.

"I believe most Americans and most Kansans think it's common sense," said Andrew Wiens of the Kansas Department for Children & Families. "These are able-bodied adults without dependents. They don't have children in the home. They're not elderly, they're not disabled. These folks should be working."

Since Kansas reinstated work rules, food stamp rolls
dropped by 20,000 and the incomes of those who left increased by 127 percent, Wiens said.

The state also imposed limits on how recipients could use their benefits after finding some enrollees used their welfare cash and food stamps cards on cruise ships.

"Those benefits should be used for necessities," Wiens said. "You can't use them at casinos, strip clubs, massage or tattoo parlors."

Maine followed the Kansas lead in 2014. In the first three months, the number of able-bodied adults without children on food stamps fell by almost 80 percent. It also cracked down on recipients using their welfare benefits out of state after finding hundreds of Maine residents used their EBT cash cards at or near Disney World.

"Maine found millions of dollars being spent in Florida," said Josh Archambault of the Foundation for Government Accountability. "That raised all sorts of red flags."

Another red flag -- a Maine state employee recognized the name of a large state lottery winner. It turned out the state did not require an asset test, allowing food stamp recipients to have vacation homes, multiple cars and lottery winnings and still qualify. After a 2015 state study found 4,000 welfare recipients won more than $22 million in the state lottery funds, Maine imposed a limit on assets.

"An individual could win a half million dollars," said Archambault. "In the month they receive the lump sum they may not qualify because it counts as income. The very next month and every month going forward, they can legally sign up for food stamps."

Since 2010, nearly 4,000 welfare recipients in Maine won $1,000 or more. Eleven of them won 10 or more times, and eight individuals won prizes in excess of $500,000.


William La Jeunesse joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in March 1998 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.







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BoredMom32
by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:27 AM
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I dont know why anyone would argue this policy change.
billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:32 AM
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if you cannot afford to buy a can a tuna and have to have the government support you, then you shouldnt gamble.  Its all about priorities and no one has them anymore

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM
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Works for me, these programs should be safety net programs not lifestyle choices.  The goal should be to keep people from slipping though the cracks while they work to get on their own two feet.  

Americanwoman3
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM
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Food stamps on cruise ships and Disney parks.....LMFAO......WTF...how do you get food stamps but can afford to go on cruises and to Disney parks.....SMH
Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 8:41 AM
Nothing wrong with this, able bodied people should work, even part time. It would help to supplement and hopefully fully get them off of public assistance.
billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:07 AM

What they do is sell their food stamps for cash.  Usually 50 cents on the dollar. 

My neighbor used to get 899 dollars a month for a family of 5, plus WIC, HUD, HEAP, Electric, medicaid and a cell phone. 

SHe would also sell her pain pills too.  She would always get new tattoos.

Quoting Americanwoman3: Food stamps on cruise ships and Disney parks.....LMFAO......WTF...how do you get food stamps but can afford to go on cruises and to Disney parks.....SMH


heresjohnny
by Silver Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM
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I think it's a good rule of thumb, but it should also be decided on a case by case basis. It's easy to say from afar, "You're able-bodied, get a job!" But the people being hurt the most from a blanket rule like this are the homeless.

In fairytale land, a homeless person walks into a restaurant asking for food, and the owner offers him food, use of the facilities to clean himself up, and a job. And while there are a few heartwarming stories like that circling social media, it's rare and almost never happens. In reality, the owner takes a good whiff of the poor stinky dude, sneers at him for having the audacity to ask for free food, and throws him right back out the door.

I think if states are going to deny food stamps to the homeless, they need to offer other programs instead. Ones that will help them get cleaned up and employed. And I don't just mean make them look nice for the interview. I mean actually help them find employment, like a job placement program, transportation to that job, and use of showers and a laundromat so they don't get fired for offending customers with their hygiene.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of the homeless population are homeless because they have mental illnesses that prevent them from working. What help are we offering them? Practically none. But we'll pat ourselves on the back for taking away their food stamps. *eye roll*
LGAll65
by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Yup---definitely agree.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Works for me, these programs should be safety net programs not lifestyle choices.  The goal should be to keep people from slipping though the cracks while they work to get on their own two feet.  


Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:33 AM
Yep, this!

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Works for me, these programs should be safety net programs not lifestyle choices.  The goal should be to keep people from slipping though the cracks while they work to get on their own two feet.  

Americanwoman3
by Bronze Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:40 AM
Hey we may know the same person..lol! It angers me to my core! We receive no assistance because my husband works yet people like that live life on our dime. Hope they stand in line for hours to find out in the end that the ride is now closed!

Quoting billsfan1104:

What they do is sell their food stamps for cash.  Usually 50 cents on the dollar. 

My neighbor used to get 899 dollars a month for a family of 5, plus WIC, HUD, HEAP, Electric, medicaid and a cell phone. 

SHe would also sell her pain pills too.  She would always get new tattoos.

Quoting Americanwoman3: Food stamps on cruise ships and Disney parks.....LMFAO......WTF...how do you get food stamps but can afford to go on cruises and to Disney parks.....SMH

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