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Look What Happened After Alabama Restarted Work Requirements For Food Stamps

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Isn’t it interesting how public interest in entitlement programs drops significantly when people are expected to work for them? That’s what’s happening in Alabama. When people have to work to get food stamps, all of a sudden fewer people want them.

AL.com reports:

13 Alabama counties saw 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements restarted
Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

The counties – Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Lowndes, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Washington, Choctaw, Sumter and Barbour – had been exempt from a change that limited able-bodied adults without dependents to three months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits within a three-year time frame unless they were working or participating in an approved training program.

During the economic downturn of 2011-2013, several states – including Alabama – waived the SNAP work requirements in response to high unemployment. It was reinstituted for 54 counties on Jan. 1, 2016 and for the remaining 13 on Jan. 1, 2017. As of April 2017, the highest jobless rate among the 13 previously excluded counties was in Wilcox County, which reported a state-high unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, down more than 11 percentage points from the county’s jobless rate for the same month of 2011.

Based on the trend,” said Alabama DHR spokesperson John Hardy, “the number of recipients for SNAP benefits is expected to continue to decline statewide and in the formerly 13 exempted counties.”

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes $2 trillion of cuts to social programs like food stamps, causing some like New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to claim that children would die if it were to be implemented.

One of the largest food stamp scams was discovered in Jefferson County in Alabama in 2015, when law enforcement officials arrested 17 persons for bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the program. Officials believed they were wiring some of the money to Yemen.

Isn’t that curious?

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