In response, the majority of states did away with work requirements as well. Today, 46.5M Americans receive food stamps with 10% of those being childless adults who would otherwise be subject to the work requirements.
What did those requirements include?
- Low-income, childless adults were generally required to work or participate in a work training program for a minimum of 20 hours/week.
- Doing so made those childless adults eligible for SNAP.
- Otherwise, food stamp usage for those childless adults was limited to 3 months during the course of a 3-year period.
But, the 2009 federal stimulus package did away with all of that, what was supposed to be a “temporary fix” to the wretched economy President Obama inherited. His version of “hope and change” would transform an economic disaster into an economic renaissance through the stimulus package.
Well, lo and behold!
It’s now been 5 years and states are reinstating the work requirements having come to the realization that too many childless adults are gaming the system. However, the states are only allowed to reinstate those requirements if a federal waiver makes them eligible. In 2013, 42 states operated their programs without the work requirements. But, in 2014, only 35 states were eligible under the waiver.
Isn’t that interesting—the waiver requirements are being tightened up as states put childless adults to work if they are to receive SNAP benefits. Seems that the folks and their community organizers and interest groups prevailed upon federal regulators to come to their aid and give them their “Obama money.” Even the New Mexico Conference of Bishops blasted the reinstatement of work requirements:
Some in our state government are poised to strike another blow to our
still-weak communities. The administration of the state wants to deny
food benefits to those who cannot find a job in a market that isn’t
According to Stateline, 17 states across the nation plan to reinstate the work requirements this fall.
Don’t be surprised if federal regulators once again tighten up the requirements. It’s called “rigging the game” so those childless adults receiving SNAP benefits continue to vote for Uncle Sugar come election time.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the Stateline report, click on the following link:
"More States Enforce Food Stamp Work Requirements."
To read the statement issued by the New Mexico Conference of Bishops, click on the following link: