States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients

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(This is not going to bode well for Bernie The Bum supporters)

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.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/29/states-moving-to-restore-work-requirements-for-food-stamp-recipients.html?intcmp=hpbt1

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  • JBondJBond Posts: 5,039 Officer
    Proud of my state. Kansas leading the way back to financial sanity. We cut taxes and some expenditures, increased people's income and the grew the size of the tax base with welfare reform.
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    - Frederic Bastiat
  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,285 Admiral
    sounds good to me
  • BallaCoiPersiciBallaCoiPersici NW Italy (Laveno Mombello)Posts: 4,653 Captain
    Welfare is one of the best way to buy votes "legally".
    We know very well here, we have a huge "tradition" :rolleyes on this.
    We call it "voto di scambio" (traded votes +/-), and since 1946 is one of the best way for some politics, often tied with syndicates (mafia, camorra, 'ndrangheta, etc.), to maintain their popularity and the power.
    Once this was mainly a Southern regions prerogative, but now we are assisting at a modern escalation of the phenomenon, in the whole country, very similar at what is happened there (according to what Obama did as explained in the OP).
    The welfare is used by left and left-catholic parties, through their collusion with the unions, to buy popularity (so votes) in the parasitic layers of the society.

    Glad for you that the pragmatism of your local governors is trying to fight this society cancer.
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  • Big BatteryBig Battery Posts: 19,338 AG
    Oh dear... then the left will accuse those employers of exploiting government handouts.
  • FinfinderFinfinder Posts: 9,837 Admiral
    rent seeking
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,675 AG
    JBond wrote: »
    Proud of my state. Kansas leading the way back to financial sanity. We cut taxes and some expenditures, increased people's income and the grew the size of the tax base with welfare reform.

    For a governor that has done so much for his constituents Brownback is not very popular.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • LuckyMrSwLuckyMrSw Posts: 3,208 Captain
    Collusion :grin
    Finfinder wrote: »
    rent seeking
    Please stop derailing my thread.
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  • GardawgGardawg Posts: 8,085 Admiral
    JBond wrote: »
    Proud of my state. Kansas leading the way back to financial sanity. We cut taxes and some expenditures, increased people's income and the grew the size of the tax base with welfare reform.


    LOL ... not exactly the case

    The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors didn’t sugar-coat the truth. It printed the facts.

    Here’s a summation of key points. It starts with a positive measurement highlighted by the council but then gets to the more frequent bad news.




    ▪ Per capita personal income in Kansas rose 1.5 percent over the previous year. That was better than the 1.2 percent rate achieved in the six-state region.

    Yet even here, the news was not all good. Kansas trailed the national growth rate of 2.5 percent in the last year.

    ▪ Kansas’ gross state product — “providing an overall analysis of the performance of the economy” — rose 3.2 percent over the previous year. But for the third straight year, the Kansas rate fell behind the six-state region and the nation.

    Here’s a kick in the teeth to Brownback supporters: The Kansas gross state product grew at a faster rate when compared to the region and the nation in three of the five years before he took office in 2011.




    ▪ Total nonfarm employment in Kansas grew more slowly than the six-state region in the last year — continuing a five-year trend during the Brownback administration. Alas, that’s a turnaround from when Kansas jobs grew more quickly than they did in the region and in the nation in four of the five years before Brownback gained office.

    And to update this finding, federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Tuesday showed Kansas tied for the ninth worst rate of job growth in the country through December.

    ▪ Private industry wages in Kansas grew at a slower clip for the last year than they did in the region and America — just as they have over the last five years.

    ▪ The number of private business establishments in Kansas trailed both the region and the nation for the last year, again continuing a five-year trend.

    That page of data included a startling fact at odds with another Brownback narrative.

    When asked recently how the state could boast one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, he told Republicans, “You grow small business.”

    Yet the council’s report shows the number of Kansas small businesses with one to nine employees actually has fallen during Brownback’s terms.

    So which are you going to believe in evaluating the Kansas economy?

    The governor’s tall tales ... or the facts?
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  • SAENoleSAENole Posts: 10,379 AG
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  • JBondJBond Posts: 5,039 Officer
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    For a governor that has done so much for his constituents Brownback is not very popular.

    Never claimed he was, but he is making the tough decisions that need to be made. Of course leftists hate smaller government, so that is part of the issue. Liberals are pretty much irrelevant here and it bothers them, so they are vocal.
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    - Frederic Bastiat
  • Bimini TwistedBimini Twisted Posts: 11,274 AG
    JBond wrote: »
    Never claimed he was, but he is making the tough decisions that need to be made. Of course leftists hate smaller government, so that is part of the issue. Liberals are pretty much irrelevant here and it bothers them, so they are vocal.

    How's the budget deficit going?
  • JBondJBond Posts: 5,039 Officer
    Gardawg wrote: »
    LOL ... not exactly the case

    The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors didn’t sugar-coat the truth. It printed the facts.

    Here are the real facts. Enjoy.

    http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=483#C
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    - Frederic Bastiat
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,675 AG
    JBond wrote: »
    Never claimed he was, but he is making the tough decisions that need to be made. Of course leftists hate smaller government, so that is part of the issue. Liberals are pretty much irrelevant here and it bothers them, so they are vocal.

    It's more than the left, he has an 18% approval rating.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • JBondJBond Posts: 5,039 Officer
    How's the budget deficit going?

    The budget and tax rates are working as intended. Starve the beast and force cuts. I love it.
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    - Frederic Bastiat
  • JBondJBond Posts: 5,039 Officer
    Mister-Jr wrote: »
    It's more than the left, he has an 18% approval rating.

    The sales tax increase was very unpopular. We need to continue to cut the fat from the budget.
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

    - Frederic Bastiat
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