According to reports, the number of people on food stamps is decreasing in several states. Following the food stamp explosion brought on by the Obama years, states have been working on re-establishing work requirements for those seeking public assistance.
The results have been nothing but positive.
According to AL.com, the number of recipients in Alabama decreased from 5,538 to 831 between January 1st and the beginning of May. That’s an 85 percent drop!
Similar requirements were implemented in select counties in Georgia. After only three months, the number of adults receiving benefits in three of the participating counties dropped 58 percent.
In October 2014, Maine’s Republican Governor, Paul LePage, announced that able-bodied adults seeking public assistance would have to find work, spend at least 20 hours per week in a work program, or perform community service for six hours a week.
Food stamp participation in Maine declined 14.5 percent from 235,771 in January 2014 to 201,557 in January 2015.
Kansas saw a 75 percent decrease after implementing work requirements in 2013. Not only that, but nearly 60 percent of former beneficiaries found employment within 12 months and their annual incomes rose by an average of 127 percent per year.
Congressional Republicans Mike Lee and Jim Jordan are introducing legislation to apply this common sense nationally. Able-bodied and childless adults will be required to participate in “work activation” programs if they want food stamps, which would also be subject to a time limit.
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
Calvin Freiburger reports that in a development that will only come as a surprise to those lacking a scintilla of economic literacy (in other words, liberals), Fox News reports that the food stamp rolls are shrinking in several states, for a very simple reason.
Following the food stamp explosion of the Obama years, states have been moving to re-impose work requirements on public assistance, and the results speak for themselves.