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Chalk one up for another state that has applied logic and common sense to their Welfare Program, in that starting on January 8th; able-bodied folks receiving welfare benefits in 23-counties in the state of North Carolina will only receive government benefits if they work.

Here’s how the program works, for those adults receiving support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, they must work, train, or volunteer at least 20 hours per week to continue receiving support from the government.

Recipients will then have 90 days after the new rule takes effect to get a job and find an opportunity to work.

Obviously the program is attempting to instill a “work ethic” within this population that for some able-bodied individuals has simply become an easy way to game the system.

Republican Sen. Norm Anderson actually addressed those concerns stating in September when the new program was first introduced; “When this goes into effect, you’re going to see a lot of them either go and get that 20-hour-a-week job, or they’re going to enroll in some kind of job education.”

In 1996, Congress enacted welfare reform legislation that included three main elements, the most important being the work requirement.

As a result of this reform, welfare caseloads dropped by half and employment rates among welfare recipients soared. Nonetheless, this sparked significant liberal opposition, which has increased over the years even though the vast majority of Americans favor work requirements.

Source: American Overlook



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