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Thursday, January 08, 2015

1M Lose Food Stamps as Economy Improves

A side effect of the improving economy: About 1 million needy people will lose food stamp benefits starting this fall.

That's a new estimate by a left-leaning think tank, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which is urging Congress to change a federal law that limits how long someone can receive food stamps when they are out of a job.

Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, most adults without children can receive food stamps for only three months unless they are working or attending a job training program at least 20 hours a week.

The three-month period was designed in the mid-1990s as a compromise between lawmakers who wanted a safety net and those who wanted to give beneficiaries an incentive to work.

But during the recession, most states got a waiver of the three-month cap because unemployment surged.

Today, 42 states still have full or partial waivers from the cap, according to numbers from the Agriculture Department, which coordinates the federally-funded SNAP program.

And now as the economy is improving, the three-month limit is expected to kick in again in many states.



Anonymous said...

Maybe some leeches will actually have to get off their butts and get out and get a job.

Anonymous said...

What if no jobs are available? Let them starve?

Yeah, no one is going to starve. They'll just rob you for what you have instead.

Your tired, apathetic and deep down race based hatred of the poor is pitiful.

Anonymous said...

What improving economy?

Anonymous said...

9:44 How is "poor" a race? WTF

Anonymous said...

Maybe YOU should pay for the overwhelming majority of these leeches that are CHOOSING not to work.
You seem very generous with other peoples money!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should pay for the military industrial complex and the police state with YOUR money.

I don't support it. I don't want or need their protection.

It seems though as if your side is quite generous with other peoples money when it suits you.

I reiterate, either feed the poor or they'll kill you and take yours. Make a choice, act on it and then deal with the outcome.

Enough talk.

Anonymous said...

Good! I am sick of these parasites.