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Wisconsin Welfare Queens Just Got THIS Big Surprise!

Food Stamps

Former Florida Rep. Allen West once famously quipped that using government welfare programs such as food stamps as a safety net is necessary, but turning that net into “a comfortable hammock” would create individuals who would simply rather earn government checks than to seek out actual employment.

The state of Wisconsin is trying to combat that, implementing new work requirements in April that would demand able-bodied adults receiving food stamps to either work 80 hours per week, or at least actively look for work.

The results? 15,000 people who refused to look for work had their benefits dropped.

Via the Wisconsin State Journal:

Nearly 15,000 people lost access to food stamps in the first three months of a new law that requires some recipients to seek employment, new state data show.

The Department of Health Services figures were released to the State Journal after a request under the state’s open records law. The agency subsequently published the data on its website.

The 2013-15 state budget created a rule for some recipients of the state’s food stamp program known as FoodShare: If you’re an able-bodied adult without children living at home, you must work at least 80 hours a month or look for work to stay in the program.

That rule went into effect in April, and between July and September, about 25 percent of the 60,000 recipients eligible to work were dropped from the program when the penalty took effect, according to DHS data.

On the flip side of that, roughly 4,500 people who were previously on food stamps were able to find work through a new job training program for food stamp recipients.

Wisconsin stands in stark contrast to the rest of the nation under President Obama, who is perfectly content to create more government-dependent voters – to the record tune of well over 46,000,000 people.

Comment: Do you think the government should encourage more people to seek employment rather than milk food stamp benefits? Tell us why or why not below.

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3 Comments

  1. After 50 yrs of social welfare what have we learn? It doesn’t work! We have people who sign up and are on it for life and pass it on from one generation to another. Assistance, not subsistence should be our goal. When someone needs assistance, we should meet with them and understand why they lost their job and develop a plan to get them another job. Any assistance should be temporary with reduction of benefits periodically going away entirely after some period of time. The plan should include education and additional training to make the person more employable. Other family should be included as they share a responsibility and a burden to support the needy. Transportation and child care should also be considered in the plan. Long-term assistance should only be considered when there is some physical or mental reason why the person cannot work and there is no family. People should be educated that they are expected to be full, functioning, adults and an asset in our society from the time they are infants. Two parent families should also be promoted with community and church participation encouraged. The overall goal should be reduce welfare assistance from 47% to less than 1% on a national basis.

  2. Ed says:

    I think that would be great for the whole country I know it would be great to have in NY THE FREE RIDE SHOULD BE OVER!!

  3. Mary says:

    There was a time I was in the same type of situation. I was a single mom with two kids at home. When I was able to find employment all benefits were taken away. I had no health care for me or the kids and no subsidy for child care. The budget did not include the need for uniforms, transportation. Plus I was working in a hospital and was typically on call 24/7 at least once a week. I had to have child care day and night. After struggling this for about two months, I had no choice except to stop working and going back on welfare. The biggest issue was child care and transportation 24/7. Yeah, I was able bodied. So what? Keeping some benefits was more than being able bodied or getting a job. Let’s be real about budgets and what the costs of getting and keeping a job.

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