State of Calif. Bent Rules to Excuse Welfare Recipients from Work Requirements

A new report finds that the state of California went out of its way to use loopholes to make sure welfare recipients did not have to work as required by federal law.

After requesting information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Washington Free Beacon discovered that the extremist, left-wing Golden State filed 800,000 work requirements waivers in 55 of its 58 counties.

Per the Beacon:

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California’s waiver, which will last until August of 2019, exempts more than 800,000 able-bodied, childless Californians from having to work while on SNAP. This in spite of the fact that California’s unemployment rate—4.2 percent—is at its lowest level in at least 10 years.

About 42 million people nationwide receive federal welfare benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Some SNAP recipients—able-bodied adults without dependents, commonly called “ABAWDs”—are required under law to work at least 20 hours a week, or spend equivalent time in education and training programs, in order to continue receiving SNAP benefits. If an ABAWD fails to meet these requirements for three months, they lose their benefits.

States can receive waivers, however, exempting ABAWDs from work requirements if the state faces certain conditions. ABAWDs can be exempted in a given county for either of two reasons: (1) if the unemployment rate in that county is higher than 10 percent or (2) if the average unemployment rate in the county over a given two-year period is 20 percent higher than the national unemployment rate in the same two-year period.

In principle, states should receive waivers in times of economic hardship, when jobs are hard to find. But California, one of 33 states to have a partial or total waiver, has extended its waiver in spite of its low unemployment rate.

Once again,what we are seeing here is that Democrats want the American people fully dependent upon the state for all daily needs.

By attempting to prevent welfare recipients from requirements for having to work and by preventing them from stepping out on their own and becoming a full, useful, productive member of society, Democrats have made these people slaves to the welfare state.

That is exactly what liberals want. They want a servile mass who will vote them into office to keep the freebies coming.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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