A welfare abuser from Texas bragged to a local radio station that she spends her time smoking weed and “visiting my friends all day,” declaring that working is “stupid” for her to do as long as she’s getting food stamps. The Austin native, who identified herself as Lucy, claimed to be receiving $450 in food stamps and said her husband only works part-time because he “doesn’t see the need” to work more.
“Can you really blame us? Why should I work?” she asked. “We’re the one’s getting paid.”
While Texas might allow for this abuse to continue, Ohio recently took a stand and stripped 10,000 people of their food stamps. Newly enforced work requirements mandate that food stamp recipients spend at least 20 hours per week working, volunteering, attending school or engaging in job training. The requirements were put into place last October, but county caseworkers are still completing required assessments to determine whether current recipients must comply with the new rule. Only those with mental illness, substance abuse or similar issues are exempt from the new policy.
Although this policy has been part of Ohio law since 1996, the state used a federal waiver to exempt food stamp recipients for the past six years due to the economic crisis. But now that thousands of recipients have refused to undergo assessments about their eligibility food stamp assessment, they are also expected to be removed from the public assistance program by the end of the month. Out of the 1.8 million Ohioans who receive food stamps, more than 350,000 of them have no cash income.