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More Than 1.1 Million Fewer Americans on Food Stamps Under Trump

Reported by Katherine Rodriguez | 7 Aug 2017

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Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,496,255 in May 2017, the most recent data available from the USDA, from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office.

According to the latest data, SNAP enrollment during the first few months of Trump’s presidency decreased by 2.79 percent.

Food stamp participation on average in 2017 has dropped to its lowest level since 2010, and the latest numbers show that this trend is continuing.

Trump proposed cuts to SNAP in his 2018 budget proposal, suggesting that states match up to 20 percent of federal money allotted for the food stamp program and expand work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps.

Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has also prompted many immigrants, both legal and illegal, to cancel their food stamps over concerns that they might be denied citizenship or deported.

Federal lawmakers are also working on legislation that would seek to expand food stamp work requirements and put time limits on how long those enrolled in the food stamp program can receive benefits.

At the state level, food stamp enrollment dropped significantly in places such as Georgia and Alabama once they instituted work requirements for able-bodied adults to receive food stamps. Both states fully implemented work requirements for food stamp recipients in 2016-2017.

NEW RULES SLAM WELFARE LEECHES: But Hard Working Americans Are Cheering

waving flagWritten by Wes Walker on November 9, 2015

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For 45,000 benefits recipients in North Carolina, there’s a new sheriff in town, one who put forward tough new legislation that was astonishingly bipartisan.  Better still, it was built on common sense.

Here’s the key point: If you’re able-bodied, and have no dependents, your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is about to have strings attached.

Here are a couple of the highlights affecting adults 18-49 with no dependents:

  1. Food Stamp enrollment will no longer be open-ended.
    • Recertification every 6 months will be required.
  2. Twenty (20) hours of work a week will be required to qualify
    • That work will be reviewed to deter fraud
  3. If you don’t find qualifying work in 3 months, you’ll be cut off for 3 years. Valid options include::
    • 20 hours (or more) at a regular job
    • 20 hours or more volunteering
    • Work training program.
  4. This legislation is the reinstatement of work requirements from the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act” of 1996 suspended by Obama back in 2008.

So what happens when 45,000 people have more rigorous demands on what must happen for them to qualify for benefits?  That depends on the person.

Some, who may have simply been demoralized or discouraged could get the kick in the pants that helps them get up and face the day, maybe getting back into the workforce.

Others, having a skill set they can’t find work with might get retrained to do a job where demand is better.

And — human nature being what it is — another group will look around at the strings now attached to the program, and will scrutinize the enforcement side.  If the promised standards are followed through with and enforced, another dynamic will open up.  Residents of NC currently receiving aid under false pretense might see the end of the free ride approaching. If they aren’t the type to cowboy up, and pay their way through life, they might fall into that other category.

They might start looking to other nearby States with markedly less rigorous accountability. They could self-select themselves out of the population of North Carolina and show up somewhere else.

This last reason by itself (and its associated costs) is sufficient reason that other States should give this strategy some careful thought, before they find themselves the dumping ground for someone else’s white elephant.

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