What Happened In Maine . . . When Welfare Recipients Were Asked To Work 1/2 Time?
Maine, and eight other states took action declining a federal waiver for the new rule that requires welfare recipients to work for their welfare.
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This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits
The US Herald reported that Maine passed a law requiring recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance.
Ever since Maine Governor Paul LaPage passed the bill . . . the drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic.
At the start of 2015 approximately 12,000 people were enrolled in the state assistance program. These participants are all adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have children at home and who are claiming the food-stamp benefits because of a lack of financial resources.
Since then, in order to receive their welfare benefits, these individuals have been required to either work half-time for twenty hours each week, enroll in a vocational program, or volunteer for a minimum of twenty-four hours per month. As a direct result of the new requirement the numbers showed a significant drop in program participants from 12,000 enrollees to just over 2,500.
80% Of The People In The Program Quit If They Had To Work!
Republicans in the state are calling it a major victory while, rather than celebrating the savings or encouraging participation in their own care, infuriated Democrats and are calling for special measures to roll back some of the strict requirements.