Republican Gov. Paul LePage began enforcing Maine’s volunteer and work requirements for food stamp SNAP recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program.
The rules prevent adults, who are not disabled and do not have dependents, from receiving food stamps for more than three months unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program, or meet volunteer guidelines for 24 hours out of the month. Any one of those three minimums getting met will result in an individual to retain their SNAP food benefits.
The least difficult of these three options, is fulfilling an approved volunteer work load of just 24 hours out of an entire month, as that translates to an average of less than an hour per day of volunteering.
The hardest, is doing at least 20 hours of on the job work per week, but the individual will have the benefit of collecting a paycheck.
In Maine, 9,000 able-bodied people who are supposedly too poor to feed themselves couldn’t seem to handle that. In addition, those who lose their benefits in such a manner can’t reapply for assistance for three years.
Liberals have sold government dependence so deliberately well, that even doing 24 hours of approved volunteer work a month for a capable adult became too much for more than 9,000 people.
Maine’s State Rep. Scott Hamann (D) has introduced a bill that would direct the administration to seek a waiver for certain counties with high unemployment or a lack of jobs.
LePage’s administration probably won’t support Hamann’s legislation, and with good reason. There should be plenty of volunteer community work in even the most economically depressed regions.
Either the Liberals have truly brain washed the voting masses into droning zombies, or they’re really not that needy for food. Either way, the taxpayers who work hard for their paychecks, can feel some satisfaction at knowing they won’t have to support as much mediocrity as they used to.
A previous version of this article featured an analysis that broke down the average benefits of a family of four ($477.88), divided that number by the minimum number of volunteer hours (24), to come up with a suggestion that an individual could essentially be “paid” $19.71 per hour when they met the minimum volunteer requirement.
Because this topic deals with Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents, the family of four scenario would be irrelevant to this conversation.
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Source: CNS News
Source: US Herald