Participation in the food stamp program plunged by 85 percent in 13 counties in Alabama after officials required that recipients must work, look for work, or get approved job training, a state agency says.
In those 13 counties, enrollment in food stamps dropped over four months from 5,538 able-bodied adults without dependents to 831 such recipients. Statewide, a total of 13,663 able-bodied adults without children or other dependents were enrolled in the food stamp program before the change implemented Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, As of May 1, the statewide number had dropped to 7,483.
In December of 2014 Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, enforced work requirements for food stamp recipients beginning.
Within three months Maine officials reported the number of those on food stamps who were able-bodied adults without dependents declined from 13,332 to 2,678!!!
Caseworkers in Maine attribute that huge decrease in enrollment to many recipients’ choosing to go without benefits rather than perform a minimum of only six hours per week of community service, or other aspects of the work requirements.
Wouldn't you think that with all the smart asses we send to congress they would be able to figure this one out????