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  • Switzerland: Over 80 Percent of Somali Migrants on Welfare

    01/12/2020 9:31:12 AM PST · by grundle · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 30, 2019 | Chris Tomlinson
    According to newly released data, several migrant groups of different national origins in Switzerland have welfare dependency rates well above 50 per cent, with over 80 per cent of Somalis in the country taking state handouts. The data was gathered and released by both the Federal Statistical Office and the State Secretariat for Migration and shows that the 4,000 or so Somalis in Switzerland are by far the most prone to being on government benefits with 83.7 per cent relying on state income, 20 Minutes reports. While Somalis are by far and wide the largest recipients of welfare, several other...
  • Trump Administration Weighs Tighter Requirements for Disability Payments. Older workers would be among those most affected

    01/10/2020 1:16:23 PM PST · by karpov · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 10, 2020 | Kate Davidson
    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is working on a plan to tighten eligibility requirements for disability benefits, especially for older Americans, the latest step in a broader White House effort to shrink federal safety-net programs. The proposal being prepared by the Social Security Administration would revise eligibility for disability benefits based on age, education and work experience, according to a draft viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Those factors determined the eligibility of about 500,000 people in 2017, according to the latest available data. More than eight million people currently receive disability payments. The proposal aims to address major economic and demographic...
  • Food stamp rolls have declined by 7M under Trump even before reforms take effect

    01/08/2020 4:49:02 AM PST · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2020 | Nihal Krishan
    Indeed, the latest data from the Department of Agriculture shows that 7.7 million fewer Americans receive food stamps now than did when Trump entered the White House. The Agriculture Department administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but the actual food stamp benefits are distributed by individual states.
  • Sanders should fix the child food programs we already have before creating new dysfunction (with "free" school lunches for all)

    12/16/2019 9:17:54 AM PST · by karpov · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 15, 2019 | Christina Herrin
    On the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been pushing for a policy that would pave the way for free meals at school for all children. His campaign promise is backed by the notion that one out of six children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. His flawed logic asserts that the federal government should make free and reduced-price lunch available to not only the one out of six who need assistance, but to the five out of six children who are already adequately fed. ... There are more than seven major federal food programs...
  • President Trump Delivers Historic Welfare Reform

    12/13/2019 10:35:14 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    townhall ^ | 12/13/2019 | Jonathan Ingram
    In his 2018 State of the Union address, President Trump promised to move more Americans from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity. This year, on December 4, he delivered on that promise, finalizing one of the biggest welfare reforms in a generation. For more than 20 years, the law has said that able-bodied adults on food stamps should work, train, or volunteer at least part-time. But states like California, Illinois, and New York have used loopholes and gimmicks to waive and ignore that law altogether.
  • South Carolina Is the 10th State to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements: Courts have blocked other states from putting in place their work rules for recipients.

    12/13/2019 9:55:37 AM PST · by karpov · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 12, 2019 | Abby Goodnough
    WASHINGTON — Although the courts have so far blocked President Trump’s attempts to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, his administration announced on Thursday that it would allow a 10th state, South Carolina, to condition Medicaid eligibility for many poor adults on proving that they work or engage in other activities, like volunteering. It is the first time the Trump administration has approved such rules in a state whose working-age Medicaid population consists almost entirely of poor mothers. Unlike most of the other states that have won approval for work requirements, South Carolina chose not to expand Medicaid to most...
  • Senator Objects to Making Able-Bodied Work for Food Stamps [semi-satire]

    12/11/2019 10:10:59 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2019 | John Semmens
    The Trump Administration plan to put 700,000 able-bodied recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 enrolled in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to work drew strenuous objections from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The planned work requirement is projected to save taxpayers $5 billion over 10 years. "It's hard to see this as anything but the President being cruel for cruelty's sake," Murray complained. "The people targeted may be able-bodied, but why should they be forced to sacrifice the leisure they became accustomed to when they got the food with no strings attached? Eating is a human right....
  • Oh SNAP, USDA Finally Reforms Bloated Food Stamp Program

    12/09/2019 5:58:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | December 9, 2019 | Chris Talgo
    On December 4, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a long-overdue and much-needed rule change to the nation’s beleaguered Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as “food stamps.” According to a USDA press release, “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a final rule to move more able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) towards self-sufficiency and into employment. The rule restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life.”In other words, the new rule aims to ensure that...
  • New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years

    12/05/2019 6:22:42 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years DECEMBER 5, 2019 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON 2 COMMENTS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps” A new food stamp rule taking effect April first will save U.S. taxpayers $5.5 billion over five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps. Food stamps or the “SNAP” program gave the average recipient household about $250 a month in 2018. Food stamps are funded with tax dollars. According to the government, 40 million Americans were on food stamps in 2018. In 2017, a little over 9% of...
  • Trump Administration to Stiffen Food-Stamp Work Requirement

    12/04/2019 6:52:32 AM PST · by karpov · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2019 | Jacob Bunge
    The Trump administration is set to tighten work requirements for recipients of federal food aid, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of people ineligible for the program by mid-2020. The administration said Wednesday that it had completed a new rule curbing states’ ability to shield adults without dependents from federal work requirements tied to receiving assistance through the program formerly administered via food stamps. Officials say the rule, which takes effect April 1, 2020, will save the government billions of dollars and encourage more people to work at a time when jobless rates are near a 50-year low. The rule is...
  • Publicly Provided Legal Services Affected Family Structure (more divorce, illegitimacy, welfare)

    12/02/2019 11:19:21 AM PST · by karpov · 8 replies
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | December 2019 | Anna Louie Sussman
    In Changes in Family Structure and Welfare Participation Since the 1960s: The Role of Legal Services, (NBER Working Paper 26238) Andrew Goodman-Bacon and Jamein P. Cunningham investigate the contribution of low-income communities' access to legal services — enabled by the rollout of the War on Poverty's Legal Services Program (LSP) — as a driver of these changes. Their findings suggest that the program played a central role in changes in family structure and welfare participation of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. The LSP sharply increased the availability of free legal consultation for low-income households. LSP attorneys could assist with divorce...
  • Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions

    11/30/2019 8:06:21 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30, 2019 | Phil McCausland
    Three proposed rule changes by the Trump administration could cause millions of poor people to lose access to food stamps and decrease the size of the benefit for millions more. Over the past year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The new rules create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, cap deductions for utility allowances and "reform" the way 40 states automatically enroll families into SNAP when they receive other forms of federal aid. A study by the Urban Institute released this week examined the three rules...
  • The Truth About Income Inequality

    11/04/2019 11:46:30 AM PST · by ETCM · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03 November 2019 | Phil Gramm and John F. Early
    The average bottom-quintile household receives $45,389 in government transfers. Private transfers from charitable and family sources provide another $3,313. The average household in the bottom quintile pays $2,709 in taxes, mostly sales, property and excise taxes. The net result is that the average household in the bottom quintile has $50,901 of available resources. The average middle-income household is only 32% better off than the average bottom-quintile households despite earning more than 13 times as much, having 2.5 times as many of prime working-age individuals employed and working more than twice as many hours a week.
  • Shouldn't all of the states be taken off of welfare?

    11/03/2019 12:52:26 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    There's an interesting headline out there today, which can serve as a good educational moment. Due to the ravages of the fires out in California, the White House is threatening to cut off federal funding. Now first off, The notion of this phrase "federal funding" (the article also uses the phrase "state funding") is offensive because it's dishonest. It's welfare, that's what it is. I'm not interested in P.C. comfort terms. As I wrote in May of 2017, when the progressives were starting off building their nanny-state empire, they had a very specific list of welfare queens - 48 of...
  • Free of Charge: For Bill de Blasio, newcomers to the U.S. have no obligations.

    11/03/2019 11:21:31 AM PST · by karpov · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2019 | Seth Barron
    Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced that it would expand the list of government benefits it considers when defining a person as a “public charge.” Under the new terms, an immigrant receiving, say, food stamps, emergency cash assistance, or living in public housing may see those benefits count against him when he seeks to upgrade or extend his visa status or apply for citizenship. It was long believed that immigrants to the United States should not impose social burdens and should thus secure local sponsors who could guarantee their expenses until they got settled. The Immigration Act of 1891,...
  • Five-Year Waiting Period Is a Barrier to Immigrant Health Care Access

    10/27/2019 11:51:39 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 33 replies
    Georgia Budget Primer ^ | 10-21-19 | Laura Harker
    Before 2017, the national uninsured rate for children declined for nearly 10 years; however, the share of uninsured children suddenly increased that year (the most recent year available). In Georgia, the number of children without health insurance increased by 21,000. There are many reasons that progress to covering more children has stalled, including cuts to outreach efforts that help ensure that families enroll their children in Medicaid or PeachCare (Georgia’s version of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP), a lack of funding for marketplace subsidies, changing federal rules governing the marketplace or immigrant parents choosing not to...
  • Trump is clearly right: We don’t need new immigrants headed directly to welfare

    10/16/2019 5:43:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 15, 2019 | Betsy McCaughey
    President Trump’s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed Friday by three federal judges. Their decisions, blocking Trump’s rule from going into effect, are wins for Democrats and immigration lobbyists. America’s poor are the losers. Our country needs to take care of our own needy first. Trump’s proposed rule would make it harder for immigrants who use welfare to qualify for green cards and give preference to those who fend for themselves. The rule would also require visa applicants to show they won’t use welfare...
  • Immigrants afraid of Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule are dropping food stamps, MediCal

    09/22/2019 11:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Cal Matters ^ | September 22, 2019 | Erica Hellerstein
    Last month, Yuri sat in her dining room in San Jose, turned on the T.V., and heard something that made her sit up straight and sent her mind racing. The Trump administration, the newscaster announced, had just published a new rule that could make it harder for immigrants to get a green card if they used, or were likely to use, public government benefits like food stamps or Medicaid. Yuri, who came to the United States from Michoacán, Mexico, was enrolled in CalFresh, California’s food stamp program, for her 7 children, who range in age from just over a month...
  • DHS: About 35K Minnesotans To Lose Food Stamps Under New Trump Administration Rules

    09/18/2019 9:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | September 18, 2019 | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesotans could be kicked off food stamps under new Trump administration rules. State officials have until next week to file objections to the plan which will take food stamps away from almost two million low-income families nationwide. The new rules would disqualify tens of thousands of Minnesota families who earn more than $27,000 a year. The Trump administration says it could save $2.5 billion a year by ending food stamps in Minnesota for families earning up to $34,000 a year, requiring families be on welfare for at least six months — and testing their income...
  • Immigrants already dropping benefits ahead of new Trump rule, California counties say

    08/30/2019 6:42:09 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | August 28, 2019 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    Two Democratic-led California counties asked a federal court on Wednesday to immediately block the Trump administration's so-called "public charge" regulation, saying fearful immigrants in their diverse communities are foregoing essential health and social benefits as a direct result of the rule's scheduled implementation in October... ...Santa Clara County health officer Sara Cody said many newcomers and immigrants in her community find it difficult to distinguish between the federal government and state and local governments. Because of this, she said staff in the different county-run programs have reported a "general fear" among immigrants who worry that using any benefits will jeopardize...