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SHAME: KS GOP Tightens Food Stamp Eligibility, Kicking Up to 20,000 Off of Aid


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Chris
- 347 days ago - dailykos.com
Kansas could be kicking 20,000 people off of food stamps starting in October. Able-bodied adults without dependent children will only get three months of snap. Kansas has an unemployment rate lower than the country as a whole, at 5.9 percent in July,



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Chris W. (91)
Friday September 6, 2013, 3:40 pm
Kansas could be kicking 20,000 people off of food stamps starting in October. Able-bodied adults without dependent children will only get three months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits every three years before they face a requirement that they work 20 hours a week or participate in a job training program for those hours—regardless of whether a job or job training is available.
While Kansas has an unemployment rate lower than the country as a whole, at 5.9 percent in July, that doesn't mean the picture is rosy:


The Kansas Center for Economic Growth, a nonprofit that works on state policy issues, noted that the state’s decision will also affect adults who lose their jobs in the future, no matter how high the unemployment rate climbs. The group noted that the state’s unemployment rate has increased throughout this year, and that one in seven Kansas households struggles against hunger because they can’t meet their basic food needs.
Moves like this to require 20 hours of work a week, regardless of whether work is available, can either leave people without the food they need or force them into taking low-wage work at the expense of searching for the kind of job that provides an actual living wage. While, in theory, people can turn to job training programs to fulfill the requirement, job training programs aren't always available; a state saying "do job training" does not mean it's going to provide funding for job training programs.
When you cut off government assistance without providing viable alternatives, people don't stop needing to eat:


Topeka Councilman Chad Manspeaker (D), a leader of the state's progressive movement, told HuffPost that the policy shift will force more adults in the state to turn to soup kitchens and food pantries in order to eat. He said this will put an additional strain on nonprofits, along with shifting the expense to local governments, which fund many of the emergency food programs.
"We have not shifted the long-term problem," Manspeaker said. "There aren't jobs out there, and we don't solve it by starving them."
Kansas is just doing a part of what many Republicans in the House would like to do. It's all part and parcel of a Republican agenda that seizes on any way to stigmatize unemployment in a high-unemployment economy and make people too desperate to fight for crappy jobs to be better.
Tell Congress: Oppose all food stamp cuts.


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Tell Congress: Put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and oppose all cuts to food stamps
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A bipartisan coalition is gearing up to slash foodstamps.

In May, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies. Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment.

In the House, Republicans have decided to take food stamps out of the Farm Bill in hopes they can make far deeper cuts to foodstamps than even the cuts which passed by the Senate.

Given that so many people are working fewer hours or for lower wages, slashing food assistance will only makes things worse.

Please sign our petition telling the House and Senate to put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and to oppose all cuts to food stamps.


To Members of Congress:

Please put low-income families who rely on food stamps ahead of corporate welfare, and vote against draconian cuts to such needed benefits!
 

Chris W. (91)
Friday September 6, 2013, 3:41 pm
http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=465


Tell Congress: Put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and oppose all cuts to food stamps


A bipartisan coalition is gearing up to slash foodstamps.

In May, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to restore $4.1 billion in food stamp cuts by reducing corporate welfare to a handful of crop insurance companies. Twenty-eight Senate Democrats joined with all voting Republicans to defeat this crucial amendment.

In the House, Republicans have decided to take food stamps out of the Farm Bill in hopes they can make far deeper cuts to foodstamps than even the cuts which passed by the Senate.

Given that so many people are working fewer hours or for lower wages, slashing food assistance will only makes things worse.

Please sign our petition telling the House and Senate to put low-income families ahead of corporate welfare and to oppose all cuts to food stamps.


To Members of Congress:

Please put low-income families who rely on food stamps ahead of corporate welfare, and vote against draconian cuts to such needed benefits!
 

Roxy H. (340)
Friday September 6, 2013, 8:25 pm
Signed ty Buddy :)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 6, 2013, 8:58 pm
Absolutely disgraceful. Anyone that would do this should have his food cut off----let them feel the pain. Thank you.
 
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