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.
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