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  • Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

    01/30/2016 10:50:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 11:20 AM EST | David A. Lieb
    More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy - specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people. Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps. ...
  • Florida Sheriffs Make This BRUTAL Move Against Gang Of Welfare Leeches… The Party’s OVER

    01/27/2016 4:58:01 PM PST · by Duke C. · 56 replies
    AFF ^ | 1/23/16 | Dean James
    Law enforcement officers in Polk County, Florida have arrested 11 people for using stolen Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. The arrests were made as the result of a year-long investigation.
  • Daugaard: Drug Testing for Welfare 'Somewhat Insulting'

    01/25/2016 12:02:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KSFY ^ | Jan 22, 2016
    Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and "somewhat insulting." Daugaard said Friday that he hasn't previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure's main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.
  • Missouri Gov Bureaucrat Faces Charges for Stealing $52K in Food Stamps

    01/07/2016 8:39:01 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 21 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Missouri Department of Social Services eligibility specialist Pamela O’Dell faces criminal charges after she went on a shopping spree with $52,000 worth of food stamps she stole, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
  • VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare

    12/07/2015 1:52:04 PM PST · by Wolfie · 44 replies
    VIDEO: Woman Finds Out She's Approved For Welfare A video has been leaked on the internet which perfectly captures what life is like in President Barack Obama's America. Watch (below) as the woman reads a letter about welfare as if she might be winning the lottery. She opens it excitedly as she tells her children to leave her alone. At first, she can't understand what the letter means, but ultimately decides she's officially eligible to recieve taxpayer-funded benefits from the state. Another welfare queen who refuses to work. This is outrageous and is going viral! Watch before they take it...
  • Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent

    10/27/2015 5:33:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The number of people receiving welfare cash assistance from the state has plummeted since Gov. Rick Snyder took office, partly due to the improved economy but also because the state now enforces a limit on how long beneficiaries could receive cash benefits. There were 227,490 people receiving cash assistance benefits from the state in 2011. As of August 2015, that number was down to 64,492. The state welfare agency's Family Independence Program provides temporary cash assistance to pregnant women and families with children. The program also attempts many interventions to get people employed in long-term jobs. From 2005 to 2011,...
  • Food stamp nation: 45 million for 51 months (beneficiaries exceed Canada's population)

    10/22/2015 8:59:20 PM PDT · by amorphous · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    New data released by the Department of Agriculture Oct. 9 shows the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, with enrollment exceeding 45 million for 51 straight months. The population of Canada: 34,834,841. Between 2007 and 2011, new eligibility rules by themselves added 3.4 million people to SNAP enrollment and naturally tended to increase SNAP spending. At the same time, SNAP began to pay more generous benefits to people who enrolled, Casey Mulligan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. The growing SNAP population is a far cry from the 2.8 million enrolled...
  • Ben Carson: Welfare Perpetuates Poverty, Buys Votes

    10/12/2015 1:55:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used a Sunday campaign stop in Georgia to accuse politicians of using poverty to bolster their voting constituencies. In his eyes, open-ended welfare has not only perpetuated poverty, its sustained a loyal voting bloc for certain politicians.False compassion is patting them on the head and saying, You cant take care of yourself and Im going to give you food stamps, a housing subsidy and free health care,' Carson said according to the Gainesville Times. And all the things you need so you can stay dependent and vote for me.His criticism of welfare is not new....
  • Black Man Suffers Another Racist Beating -- in Whole Foods?

    09/09/2015 2:57:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/9/15 | Colin Flahrety
    Another black man is the victim of another racist beating for no reason whatsoever. Or so the media would have us believe. This time in Oakland. And we know that because of what the CBS affiliate called an unprovoked violent beatdown was witnessed by one of the worlds top authorities on black victimization, Dr. Zoe Marks. And she is spreading this story around the globe. The violent encounter happened last Thursday. CBS news in San Francisco started the tsunami of coverage by calling for the arrest of the security guard who administered the beating on a black man who...
  • Rising: Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 45 Million for 50 Straight Months

    09/08/2015 9:05:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | September 8, 2015 | Ali Mayer
    The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 50 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In June 2015, the latest month for which data is available, there were 45,510,153 beneficiaries of the food stamp program, an increase of 14,869 between May and June. Beneficiaries of this program now exceed the population of Canada, which totals 34,834,841, according to a widely used source for such figures. The number of food stamp recipients first exceeded 45 million in May 2011. Since then, the...
  • Whole Foods Fires Security Guard After Pics of Bloody Altercation With Customer Surface on Facebook

    09/05/2015 4:18:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Eyewitness account claims man was "trying to buy groceries with his EBT card and ended up in a stretcher"Editor's Note: The photographs posted on this page are graphic in nature. Whole Foods has fired a security guard at one of its Oakland locations after photographs of a bloody altercation between a customer and the guard surfaced on Facebook. Zoe Marks, a fellow at Edinburgh University, was visiting Oakland, when she posted an eyewitness account Thursday of what she described as a horrific incident at the Whole Foods Market near Lake Merritt. Marks said the customer "was trying to buy...
  • The Very Real Economic Costs of Birthright Citizenship

    08/22/2015 7:35:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/22/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Peter and Ellie Yang, the subjects of Benjamin Carlsons fascinating new Rolling Stone essay, Welcome to Maternity Hotel California, paid $35,000 to have their second child in the United States. In 2012 Chinese state media reported 10,000 tourist births by Chinese couples in the United States; other estimates skew as high as 60,000. Following Donald Trumps call for an end to birthright citizenship, and renewed attention on anchor babies, Carlsons expos on birth tourism seems to confirm that the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment works as a magnet for at least some parents across the globe. But just...
  • Maine DEA: EBT Cards Are Being Used to Buy Drugs

    08/19/2015 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/18/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents revealed yesterday that EBT cards (debit cards that are loaded with funds for welfare programs, like SNAP and TANF) are being used as currency to buy drugs. In the past 11 months, MDEA agents have found 40 EBT cards in 25 drug enforcement operations.
  • Would Americans riot if entitlements were taken away?

    07/17/2015 11:18:42 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 106 replies
    Senator Jerry Moran discusses dangers of national debt, and entitlements and warns what's happening in Greece may foretell America's fate. When the Gov't teat runs dry, have a SHTF plan.
  • Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

    07/15/2015 8:40:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday a pilot project to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, in his administration's latest push to bridge the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, internet service providers and other companies and nonprofits, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home internet, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Obama is set to speak about the program in Durant, Oklahoma...
  • Illinois is now the biggest food-stamp user in the Midwest ( Michigan mentioned )

    07/13/2015 2:33:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 13, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois and Michigan have traded places on two key metrics for measuring prosperity and opportunity, and both changes are embarrassing for the Land of Lincoln. The first major change came in October 2014, when Michigan surpassed Illinois for total factory jobs. Michigan now has 25,000 more factory jobs than Illinois even though the Wolverine States economy is only three-quarters the size of Illinois. Now, new data from the Department of Human Services shows the embarrassing role reversal has come full turn. In March of this year, Illinois bumped off Michigan to become the Midwests No. 1 user of the Supplemental...
  • Backlog prevents EBT recipients from receiving money for food - Hawaii

    07/10/2015 1:07:57 PM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 21 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 7/10/2015 | Allyson Blair
    "On the 5th of the month he is supposed to have his EBT deposit," said Moline. But earlier this week those calls turned into trying to figure out why the money he depends on for food wasn't there. When he couldn't get answers from the processing center or the Department of Health Services, he contacted Hawaii News Now. "The reason I called was not just for me or my friend. It was how many people like us are going through this same situation that don't speak up. That give up," said Moline.
  • Record 93,626,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Declines to 62.6%

    07/03/2015 5:50:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    CNS ^ | 7-2-15 | Ali Meyer
    CNSNews.com) - A record 93,626,000 Americans 16 or older did not participate in the nations labor force in June, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, according to BLS, the nations civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, hit 250,663,000. Of those, 157,037,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one. The 157,037,000 who participated in the labor force equaled only 62.6 percent of the 250,663,000 civilian...
  • When school's out, millions of kids go hungry

    06/22/2015 3:25:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/22/2015 | staff
    A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Fewer than 4 million kids -- or just 18% of those in the school lunch program -- are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program. While that's a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done. "In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options," said Duke Storen, a senior...
  • The vehicles of Section 8 Housing (Vanity)

    06/08/2015 6:50:06 PM PDT · by kik5150 · 108 replies
    Me | 6/8/15 | Me
    You won't find this on any local news, but what is happening is a crime on a massive scale. Here's the story. My friend works at a section 8 apartment complex, which means that the taxpayers pay most of the rent there. Last week he sent me this picture of a late model Jaguar parked at his complex. His caption of the picture was "Section 8, rent always late". I asked him how much was their rent. "It just went up, to $80." A MONTH?!! "A month." This means that taxpayers are providing the Jag owner over $1,000 a month...
  • Corner stores turned EBT cards into cash for drugs, wired profit to Yemen

    06/03/2015 6:04:49 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 22 replies
    al.com ^ | 6/3/2015 | Carol Robinson
    A couple of steaks shoplifted at a Gardendale Walmart three months ago led to the biggest food stamp fraud investigation in Jefferson County's history, and launched 11 simultaneous raids this morning at convenience stores countywide. Led by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, teams of law enforcement officers met at 5 a.m. for a briefing and then fanned out across the county beginning at 6:50 a.m. The officers and agents were armed with 242 arrest warrants and plans to arrest 17 suspects. All 17 suspects were in custody by mid-morning, and investigators already today have filed for forfeiture and condemnation...
  • Greenfield: The Incredible Entitlement of the Welfare Lobby

    06/03/2015 10:58:29 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 10 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Wednesday, June 03, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, June 03, 2015 The Incredible Entitlement of the Welfare Lobby Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Progressive America has a fever and the only solution is more welfare. Celebrities are trying to buy only $29 worth of fair trade arugula at Whole Foods and then taking snapshots of it in a mistaken effort to show how little food stamps buy. Obama is urging more social welfare spending as the answer to the race riots he stirred up across the country by embracing the Ferguson Hands Up, Dont Shoot hoax. Outraged rich liberals are furiously lecturing the...
  • Wisconsin Bill Would Limit Types of Food That Could Be Purchased With Food Stamps

    05/20/2015 4:17:11 PM PDT · by upchuck · 117 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 20, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    Wisconsin’s State Assembly approved legislation last week that puts in place new rules about what recipients of food stamps may purchase with the benefits. Assembly Bill 177 would limit the types of food that could be purchased with Wisconsin’s food stamp program, FoodShare.In addition to banning the purchase of foods such as lobster with the publicly-funded program, the legislation would also require that just over two-thirds of the benefits be used to purchase healthy foods:“Under this bill, DHS [Department of Health Services] must require that not less than 67 percent of the SNAP benefits used by a recipient in a...
  • Americans Not In The Labor Force Rise To Record 93,194,000

    05/08/2015 7:46:42 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 5/8/15 | Tyler Durden
    Americans Not In The Labor Force Rise To Record 93,194,000 In what was an "unambiguously" unpleasant April jobs payrolls report, with a March revision dragging that month's job gain to the lowest level since June of 2012, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force rose once again, this time to 93,194K from 93,175K, with the result being a participation rate of 69.45 or just above the lowest percentage since 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called "market" which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus - the accelerating...
  • Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users

    05/07/2015 6:03:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-6-15 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin lawmakers advanced a set of bills Wednesday that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and mandate drug screening for state job training program applicants and some unemployment benefit claimants. An Assembly committee on public benefit reform approved the bills almost on party lines Wednesday, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. Rep. Adam Neylon, a Pewaukee Republican, also voted against the measures. The approval clears the way for the full Assembly to vote on the measures next week. But prospects for the bill that would restrict food options for food stamp...
  • Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users

    05/07/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-6-15 | Dana Ferguson
    These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird. There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.
  • Scott Walker Is Making MASSIVE Changes To Welfare Will Impact Freeloaders Harshly

    05/04/2015 12:17:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    US Herald ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ryan Brown
    Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, Wisconsin will join eleven other states as the newest state to require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they can receive state welfare funds. While some liberals and liberal-minded religious groups have called out Walker for "targeting" the poor and those with addictions, Walker's response has been spot on: if they're receiving funds from the state, the state should be able to make rules for these people to live by before they can receive a dime. But Walker's drug test isn't simply a play to restrict the number of people who will be...
  • Food Stamps Are a Form of Corporate Welfare, and Harmful to the Poor

    05/02/2015 10:25:49 AM PDT · by pinochet · 35 replies
    The big Agribusiness corporations are some of the most corrupt corporations in America. The New York Times had an article in 2013, on the Agribusiness corruption in the $1 trillion farm bill. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/business/richer-farmers-bigger-subsidies.html?_r=0 The Food Stamp programs and free school lunch programs, are a means by which Agro-business corporations can increase their revenues, by selling food to the Federal and State governments at above market prices. The food stamp program was never intended to help the poor. Even the USDA website admits that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was intended to help Agribusiness corporations sell surplus food that they were...
  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules

    04/22/2015 10:39:54 AM PDT · by reviled downesdad · 35 replies
    AP ^ | March 24, 2015 | Alanna Durkin
    <p>AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.</p> <p>The number of people that have been dropped from the program has exceeded even the administration's expectations.</p>
  • Get a job? Most welfare recipients already have one

    04/15/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | By Eric Morath
    Its poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system. Thats one key finding from a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.
  • Can you eat healthy on $4 a day?

    04/11/2015 7:16:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 153 replies
    fortune ^ | APRIL 10, 2015, | Mitch Rothschild
    One CEO tests how healthy low-income families can eat under the U.S. governments food assistance program.
  • 9K Off Of Food Stamps After Maine Begins Work Requirements

    04/08/2015 9:15:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maines SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March. More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements. The new rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months - unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the...
  • Kansas to ban use of welfare on tattoos, cruises, psychics

    04/07/2015 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas is poised to put a stop to the practice of welfare recipients using government aid to pay for psychics with a bill that cracks down on the use of welfare for fun. It aims to encourage those receiving government aid under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to spend "more responsibly," as Kansas state Sen. Michael O'Donnell told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Having a great life, per the bill, means that welfare recipients cannot spend their government aid on body piercings, massages, spas, tobacco, nail salons, lingerie, arcades, cruise ships or visits to psychics. The bill also forbids spending...
  • Missouri to Change Food Stamp Policy: Welfare Leeches Wont Like it One Bit

    04/07/2015 7:42:59 AM PDT · by safetysign · 90 replies
    Joe For America ^ | 04/06/2015 | BARON VON KOWENHOVEN
    re you sick of seeing welfare leeches in the grocery checkout line with carts stuffed full of junk food snacks, soda and even porterhouse steaks and crab legs? So is Missouri House Rep. Rick Brattin, who has begun pushing for legislation prohibiting welfare abusers from buying foods that most hard-working Americans cant always afford. After Brattin heard a food stamp recipient say, This is the way I want to live and I dont really see anything changing, he knew something needed to be addressed. The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original...
  • Kansas Bans Poor People From Spending Welfare On Cruise Ships

    04/04/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 4/04/15 | Arthur Delaney
    Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's desk by the state legislature. The bill also prohibits welfare recipients from spending their benefits at certain types of businesses, including liquor stores, fortune tellers, swimming pools and cruise ships. "We're trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended," state Rep. Michael O'Donnell (R) said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. "This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life."
  • Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood

    04/03/2015 11:04:07 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 194 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/03/2015 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi."This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing," Greenslate explained to Fox. “It’s free food; it’s awesome."That story fit a longtime conservative suspicion that poor people use food stamps to purchase luxury items. Now, a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would stop people like Greenslate and severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy. The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps...
  • The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store

    04/02/2015 5:37:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 151 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-1-15 | Jeanine Grant Lister
    Anger toward those living below the poverty line seems to only be increasing. Maine and Missouri have proposed bills limiting residents food choices if they use SNAP. Missouri House Bill 813 would bar the states 930,000 food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy cookies, chips, soda, energy drinks, steak and seafood. (The legislature also implemented mandatory drug testing for TANF applicants in 2011.) If the bill becomes law, a Missourian cant buy a can of tuna with an EBT card. Tortilla chips to go with salsa? Nope. Flank steak tough, stringy and the only cut of beef...
  • Surprise: Some Folks Are Abusing Their EBT Cards

    03/31/2015 2:54:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Vivian Hughbanks
    Budget legislation passed by Congress last week includes cuts to some welfare programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The cuts have already attracted backlash from left wing activist groups like the feminist group UltraViolet, which launched a campaign to petition Congress to restore the funding. Overnight, the U.S. Senate voted for a budget that literally takes food away from hungry children, UltraViolets campaign pleads. The budgets that have now passed both the House and Senate make deep, painful cuts to the food stamps program. TurningPoint USA responded with a little digging. Heres what they found: After a brief...
  • Sheriff: Federal EBT Cards Ultimately Buying Drugs

    03/19/2015 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2015 - 2:22 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Primarily you are looking at taxpayers dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs, said Sheriff Deryl Loar, of the Indian River County Sheriffs Office in Florida. Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT) allow individuals receiving government benefits such as food stamps to charge products to the government when they shop. The Indian River County Sheriffs Office tells WPEC-TV that career criminal Anthony Wheeler is not the first accused drug dealer found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards.
  • EBT Cards Used To Buy Drugs, IRCSO Says

    03/20/2015 4:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS12 ^ | Monday, March 16 2015 | Jana Eschbach
    Taxpayers fund food benefits for the poorest families among us. Tonight, CBS12 investigates why those food stamp cards are becoming a common currency for purchasing illegal drug deals. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says career criminal Anthony Wheeler, 44, is not the first accused drug dealer detectives found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards. But the Sheriff says the abuse of the benefit cards seems to be getting worse, and the cards are too easily transferable from person to person. "Primarily you are looking at taxpayers dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs,"...
  • Greater EBT Card Restrictions Sought

    03/20/2015 12:50:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Republican senators want to restrict products that may be purchased with Electronic Benefit Transfer cards used in state aid programs for the poor and disabled. Under Senate Bill 169, recipients would be banned from using the cards or cash drawn on the cards to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, firearms, or for adult entertainment, gambling, tattooing and body piercing. A similar bill passed the Senate last year, but was killed by the House which instead studied the issue. The result, House Bill 219, which restricts using the cards at locations such as smoke shops, tattoo parlors or marijuana dispensaries. State...
  • 7 States With the Most People on Food Stamps

    03/20/2015 12:29:26 PM PDT · by bgill · 91 replies
    CheatSheet ^ | March 20, 2015 | Erika Rawes
    With a grocery bills priced as high as $1,300 per month as of late, some American workers simply cannot afford all of their groceries on top of everything else they already have to buy. This is why the government offers food stamps. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service reports that as of September 2014, there were around 46.5 million individual food stamp recipients (22.7 million households) receiving an average benefit of $123.74 each (around $257 per household).
  • Welfare cash paying for marijuana a reality in Colorado

    02/05/2015 7:01:36 AM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    KDVR TV ^ | February 4, 2015 | Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl
    DENVER Public tax money very likely paid for welfare recipients to smoke the equivalent of about 17 pounds of weed (or approximately 9,000 joints) in 2014. Compared with what the rest of Colorado ingested, thats a small percentage, but controversial none the less. ... the Colorado Department of Human Services calls the Quest Electronic Benefit Transfer Card under its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance program. This account is not meant to be used for food, rather a familys most basic needs. Its essentially a bank debit card, loaded up with from $200 to $1,000 in cash every...
  • Springfield man, enraged EBT card would not cover $14 bill, threatens to kill store clerk

    01/13/2015 9:32:41 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 70 replies
    Masslive ^ | 1/13/2015 | Masslive
    SPRINGFIELD - Police arrested a 23-year-old Springfield man who threatened to kill a Sumner Avenue convenience store clerk during a 2 a.m. dispute over $14 in merchandise and an out-of-state electronic benefits debit card, police said.
  • Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

    12/16/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years. [snip]Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023....
  • Republicans ready to reform public assistance in Wisconsin

    12/03/2014 10:20:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Some of the boldest reforms to public assistance in the nation may arise from the Wisconsin Legislature in coming months. Armed with the largest Assembly majority in 57 years and comfortable control of the state Senate, Republican leadership appears to be putting together the kind of ambitious reform agenda that could rival 2011, when the Republican-led majority introduced and passed a spate of conservative and controversial initiatives. On Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, announced the creation of the Public Benefit Reform Committee. While the new committees chair or its members have yet to be...
  • Facebook post: Selling my leftover food stamps

    12/01/2014 1:15:58 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 16 replies
    Howie Carr Show ^ | 12/1/14 | raccoonradio
    Facebook post: Selling my leftover food stamps for this month, black Friday just killed my bank account. Interested? Message me." (Reply: "Just saying...you do know that this is a pretty public page and you can get stripped of your benefits if the state gets wind of this?") Rep. Shauna O'Connell is on the Howie Carr show now; probably not much can be done to the woman who posed the question.
  • Two Black Panther Members Unable To Buy Bombs Because EBT Card Didnt Have Enough Money

    11/27/2014 6:49:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 27, 2014 | Katie Frates, associate editor
    Two men affiliated with the New Black Panther Party allegedly planned to murder Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and bomb the Gateway Arch. In an undercover police sting, the two bought a pipe bomb, and intended to buy two more but couldnt afford it until one mans girlfriends Electronic Benefit Transfer card was refilled, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis, who go by the names Brandon Muhammad and Ali, were indicted last week on weapons charges when Baldwin purchased two hi-point .45-caliber pistols intended for someone...
  • Alleged plot included bombing Arch, killing St. Louis County prosecutor, Ferguson chief

    11/27/2014 12:02:51 PM PST · by tje · 11 replies
    St Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 11/27/2014 | Christine Byers Robert Patrick
    ST. LOUIS Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson the Post-Dispatch has learned. Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...