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  • HUD Scraps Controversial Section 8 Bidding Process

    03/18/2018 11:52:38 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 10 replies ^ | March 17, 2018 | Todd Shepherd
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development has completely scrapped the bidding process previously underway for contracts to manage the Section 8 program, which provides rental assistance to low-income persons, and will start again from scratch. The Washington Free Beacon previously reported on the Section 8 contracts, including allegations from a long-time contractor who claimed bureaucrats in the agency had been purposefully skewing the process.
  • Cutting welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump’s wall

    03/11/2018 4:14:16 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 62 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3-10-18 | Paul Sperry
    (Skip) If a wall stopped just 200,000 of those future crossings, Camarota says, it would pay for itself in fiscal savings from welfare, public education, refundable tax credits and other benefits currently given to low-income, illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America. If a wall stopped 50 percent of those expected crossings, he says, it would save American taxpayers a whopping $64 billion — almost four times the wall’s cost — to say nothing of the additional billions in federal savings from reduced federal drug interdiction and border-security enforcement. (Skip) Therefore, illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of more...
  • You Can't Have Denmark Without Danes [Bloomberg Link Only]

    02/23/2018 11:49:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Bloomberg View [Link in Thread Body] ^ | February 23, 2018 | Megan McArdle
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  • This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like [in CA]

    02/23/2018 6:58:53 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 22, 2018 | Alana Semuels
    CORONA, Calif.—Roberta Gordon never thought she’d still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn’t think she’d still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money. “I’m a working woman again,” she told me, in the common room of the senior apartment complex where she now lives, here in California’s Inland Empire. Gordon has worked dozens of odd jobs throughout her life—as a house cleaner, a home health aide, a telemarketer, a librarian, a fundraiser—but at many times in her life, she...
  • Dems & Pubs Battle Over Food Stamps [semi-satire]

    02/18/2018 10:55:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    In a proposal dubbed “America’s Harvest Box,” President Trump’s new budget calls for replacing half of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers with actual food for 80% of the program’s recipients. The “box” would contain allotments of shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables. Democrats were quick to attack the plan. Michigan Sen Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the agriculture committee, labeled it “not a serious proposal.” Rep Jim McGovern (D-Mass) called it “a cruel joke. It unfairly limits the choices of those dependent on the government for their living....
  • Kentucky hopes website will track Medicaid work requirements

    02/12/2018 12:04:17 PM PST · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    AP-Associated Press via ABC ^ | 2-9-2018 | ADAM BEAM
    Kentucky became the first state with a work requirement for Medicaid, and now it has to do something arguably more daring: Build a mobile-friendly website that works. The state will require people who get taxpayer-funded health insurance to work or volunteer. It's the kind of government program that often draws disdain from small-government Republicans, but GOP Gov. Matt Bevin has embraced it as "a more efficient use of resources." Government-run websites are notorious for glitches. Kentucky had problems in 2016 when "Benefind" — meant to consolidate all assistance programs — caused chaos. Kentucky officials say this time will be different....
  • Medicaid recipients find $1 premiums too confusing to pay

    02/11/2018 6:14:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2018 | Ed Straker
    Imagine if you were poor and you got Medicaid, heavily subsidized by the taxpayer, but you had to pay between $1 and $15 a month in premiums. Wouldn't that be confusing? For many people, it is so confusing that they don't understand how to pay and end up being kicked off Medicaid. [Snip] Critics of the plan point to Indiana, which dropped about 25,000 adults from its Medicaid program from 2015 through 2017 for failing to pay premiums there. Some also find the new work requirements some states have imposed troubling ...
  • 75% of Immigrants From Mexico Are On Some Kind of Welfare

    02/09/2018 5:33:37 PM PST · by Stayfree · 71 replies
    Tucker Carlson | February 9, 2018 | Self
    A few moments ago, Tucker Carlson quoted 2009 federal statistics citing that 75% of immigrants from Mexico are on some kind of welfare...STUNNING!!!!!!!!!! And these are only the latest numbers...imagine how much larger that number is now after Obama's Mexican invasion!!!!
  • Mitch McConnell’s blank check to the Left

    02/08/2018 1:02:25 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Feb 8, 2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    Not only did Mitch McConnell just give Schumer everything he wanted on budget and health care, he ensured that for the remainder of the year, Democrats can get everything they want and conservatives will not pass a single priority. Not one. snip McConnell is planning to introduce debate in the Senate on immigration next week by putting forth a blank bill with nothing in it. He will then allow anyone to offer amendments, and, in his words, “whoever gets to 60 wins.” snip The GOP platform has become a free-for-all. The only ones who don’t get blank checks are conservatives....
  • Struggling California city prepares to experiment with ‘universal basic income’

    02/07/2018 7:20:28 AM PST · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    BPR ^ | 7 Feb 2018 | Samantha Chang
    Michael Tubbs, the 26-year-old mayor of Stockton, California, thinks handing out $6,000 a year to low-income residents (with no strings attached) is the way to lift people out of poverty. “Stockton is absolutely Ground Zero for a lot of the issues we’re facing as a nation,” Tubbs told CBS San Francisco (video below). “Ideally, I would like to serve 100 families for 18 months at $500 a month.” Stockton is experimenting with a welfare program called “universal basic income,” which gives low-income residents $500 a month, no questions asked. The money is coming from a private grant. The California city,...
  • Viral petition seeks to include pet food in food stamps

    01/29/2018 11:43:32 AM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Jan. 29, 2018 | FOX17NEWS
    An online petition to include pet food in SNAP benefits is getting a lot of traction. The petition on Care2 has more than 88,500 supports as of Monday morning. According to the website, the petition was created by Edward B. Johnston Jr., who wrote that he’s been on SNAP benefits for a few months and hasn’t been able to feed his dog due to government regulations.
  • California city to give some families $500 a month

    01/24/2018 5:56:56 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 23, 2018
    A California city plans to give several dozen families $500 a month for a year as part of a program to study the economic and social impacts of giving people a basic income. The program in Stockton will track what residents do with the money and how having a universal basic income affects their self-esteem and identity, San Francisco radio station KQED reported .
  • Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?

    Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That's according to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
  • Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Bids of Residents Who Have Been on Welfare

    01/10/2018 5:20:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10, 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    A new civil rights act has come into force in Switzerland that prevents residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens unless they pay back the money they received to the state.
  • Dire Economic News Heartens Dems 2018 Election Hopes [semi-satire]

    01/08/2018 2:41:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Jan 2018 | John Semmens
    A trio of recently released economic statistics have boosted Democratic hopes of retaking the majority in the House and Senate later this year. First, in December, private employers increased payrolls by stepping up hiring and reducing layoffs. Second, unemployment among blacks fell to the lowest level since 1972. Third, the number of Americans on food stamps fell by two million. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez labeled these statistics “the starkest of warnings concerning the sad fate in store for average Americans under Republican government. Millions are being forced out of the social safety net so meticulously constructed for them...
  • Of welfare reform and eating the rich

    01/06/2018 3:46:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | January 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    There’s another round of arguments brewing over welfare reform (or “workfare” as we used to say in the 90s), this time caused by hints that the Trump administration would begin granting waivers to states that want to impose work requirements on able-bodied recipients of Medicaid. These waivers were all denied under the Obama administration but, as you might expect, things are different now.These rumors have led Washington Post editorial team member Elizabeth Bruenig to take to her keyboard and make a sweeping argument which goes far beyond the question of workfare. Taking time out to toss an endorsement to her...
  • This jobs report stunner is EXACTLY why welfare reform has to start right now

    01/06/2018 4:28:14 AM PST · by smileyface · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Jan 5 2018 | Chris Pandolfo
    ...But there is one detail in the jobs report that suggests there is still room for improvement. The labor force participation rate, which is a measure of how many people are employed or actively seeking work compared to the whole population (not just those looking for work), is 62.7 percent. According to the report, this is “unchanged over the month and over the year.” In total numbers, there are 96,230,000 Americans who are not in the labor force, which is an increase of 456,000 since President Obama’s last year in office. ... The Trump administration is likewise set to release...
  • Labor Department Plans Drug Test Regulation For Unemployment Benefits

    01/04/2018 6:32:46 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-4-2018 | Sean Moran
    The Donald Trump administration hopes to unveil a new Labor Department regulation in June requiring drug testing for unemployment benefits. Republicans used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal an Obama-era regulation that limited states’ ability to limit drug testing for people who apply for unemployment benefits. After President Trump signed the CRA repealing the Obama-era regulation, House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said: President Trump just signed into law my bill that abolishes an Obama-era rule. After five years of battling with the Obama Department of Labor, states like Texas will now be allowed to drug test...
  • States Where Welfare Recipients Are Paid More Than Minimum Wage

    12/30/2017 7:16:37 PM PST · by spintreebob · 35 replies ^ | Dec 30, 2017 | Lauren Hamer
    Is a low income or prolonged unemployment truly cause for financial stress? According to one study, not really. In some states, public assistance programs, or welfare, could pay more than full-time, minimum-wage jobs. Cato Institute’s 2013 Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off study totaled the welfare benefits offered in each state and compared that value with the wages workers would need to earn in order to have an equivalent take-home income. Cato found for long-term dependents, welfare actually pays pretty well. The study examined the package for a single mother with two children, who could use programs such as Temporary Assistance for...
  • Food stamp benefits to drop for some in 2018

    12/28/2017 4:29:33 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Dec. 28, 2017 | Mark Ballard
    Guillory calculates the average SNAP benefit of $270.22 monthly will go down $6.50 to $263.72. “But at the same time the client will be receiving about $20 more per month from their other program benefits,” Guillory said. “Overall they’re better off. Their income has to go up for their SNAP benefits to go down.”... SNAP cost the federal government $71 billion in 2016. Of that amount about $1.4 billion was spent in Louisiana. About a quarter of all Louisiana households receive food stamps.