Make people WORK for food stamps? Wider plan has libs WAILING

More people looking to get food stamps in New Mexico may have to start working for them.

The state is taking steps to expand the number of food stamp recipients who will have to work for their benefits, according to the Alburqurque Journal.

The Human Services Department has proposed requirements that would have parents of children older than 6 years of age to participate in up to 80 hours a month of activities, including job searches, training and community service.

Currently, the rules apply to single, able-bodied food stamp recipients aged 18-50, but would be expanded under the recommendations to include those aged 16 – 60, according to the Journal.

The proposal follows a 21 percent increase in state residents enrolling in the SNAP program in the year that ended in April. With the increase, 20 percent of the state on the food assistance program, the Journal reported.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration believes the new requirements will force recipients to get the training and skills needed to take care of themselves.

“In addition to reducing recipients’ need for assistance, work programs seek to enhance recipients’ sense of self-worth and esteem,” the Human Services Department wrote in its employment and training plan for 2016. “Working parents provide an appropriate role model for children in the home, thereby contributing to a reduction in multi-generational dependency.”

According to KOAT pregnant women and the disabled would be exempt from the new rules, but opponents still argue that the requirements will only hurt a state already suffering from hunger and poverty.

“Ultimately, it’s going to be the family that is going to have less Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits if the adult is not able to comply,” Louise Pocock, a staff attorney with the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty told KOAT.

“Requirements that limit people’s access, whether they be through work or other state option requirements such as they’re implementing, undermine the purpose of the SNAP,” she said.

But the administration argues the rules are nothing new.

“They were in existence in 2009 and all we are really doing with this is restoring those previous government requirements,” department spokesman Matt Kennicott said.

It’s hard to see what’s unfair about asking someone who is able-bodied to work for their food like everyone else.

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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10 thoughts on “Make people WORK for food stamps? Wider plan has libs WAILING

  1. rosaca322 says:

    Make them sit in a jury pool all day long unless they have a job interview.

    1. Patty Ann says:

      How do you propose that single parents do this? Let the kids fend for themselves after school?

      1. Kenneth Clark says:

        Pssssssst. Most of ’em do already.

      2. Craig Stewart says:

        As far as the single parent goes, I wonder if there are daycare opportunities, where these folks can work with the children of those who are working while on other social programs.

  2. Kenneth Clark says:

    Put them in places that give them practical experience like the Road Department Maintenance Crew or as Road Crew Flaggers. There are lots of areas in the local government these able bodied people can be put and save the local tax payers millions per year.

  3. tbird90sc says:

    Well duh, if your going to be on public assistance and are able bodied and available to work, then one should be working. There is plenty that needs doing out there, and plenty of people on public assistance who are more than capable of doing it. Then of course public assistance might not seem so attractive to freebies for life people who just don’t want to work.

  4. Savetheanimals says:

    As far as pregnant woman not working I ask why the hell are you getting pregnant and on public assistance? Keep your legs closed and take care of what you have and once you give birth then you need to get training and get a job.

    1. Kenneth Clark says:

      That is their job so they can get a raise.

  5. Hangs2theRight says:

    “Working will hurt the poor”? Laughable!

  6. Craig Stewart says:

    Prisoners work on road crews and trash pick-up along our highways, anyone who is healthy and on welfare, Snap, or other social programs should be doing these tasks. How about cleaning our parks, and river banks? Working to improve their community, planting trees, or working a community garden. I agree, those that can work should work. Perhaps they will find permanent employment while doing community service.
    As far as the single parent goes, I wonder if there are daycare opportunities, where these folks can work with the children of those who are working while on other social programs.

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