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Alabama Is Seeing Surprising Results After Reinstating Work Requirement For Food Stamps

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After 13 counties in the state of Alabama recently reinstated work requirements for their government food stamp programs, enrollment in the government benefit system dropped an astounding 85 percent according to a report by the Alabama Media Group.

The requirement to find a job to receive food stamps was originally waived because of high unemployment numbers during the national economic recession from 2011-2013.

A significant decline in the use of food stamps by Alabama citizens started in 2016 when work requirements were first reestablished after the economic climate began to improve. The Alabama Human Resources Department reported that the number of able-bodied adults taking part in the food stamp program dropped by 40 percent from 13,663 to 8,125 by the end of 2016.

The 13 remaining counties of Alabama restored their work requirements on January 1st, 2017. Since those demands were returned the number of adults obtaining taxpayer-funded food stamps dropped significantly from 5,538 to just 831 individuals in the first four months of 2017.

John Hardy, a representative from the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) said of the amazing falloff, “Based on the trend, the number of recipients for SNAP benefits is expected to continue to decline statewide and in the formerly 13 exempted counties.”

Registration in entitlement programs escalated significantly during former President Barack Obama’s 2 terms in the White House. But, President Donald Trump has promised to minimize the number of able bodied workers that are defrauding the system.

Mr. Trump’s proposed budget includes $2 trillion worth of cuts to national social programs like food stamps. New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio claimed that children would die if the President’s reductions were to be implemented.

A very large food stamp fraud was revealed in Jefferson County, Alabama in 2015 – when police authorities jailed 17 individuals for swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the program.

Government officials believed they were electronically wiring some of the money to associates in the country of Yemen.

 

Source: The Blaze

Source: Conservative Tribune

 

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