By Steve MacDonald
On Tuesday, New Hampshire State Senator Kevin Avard introduced legislation that would ‘tighten up’ the State’s Food Stamp Program. The legislation will be sure that those who are receiving benefits are truly eligible. There will be an asset test as well as a work requirement program. Avard touts the extremely successful program that Maine put into place that required able-bodied adults without children who could work to either work or volunteer. In this program, Maine saw a drop in those who were receiving food stamps which enabled the state to be sure they were only providing food stamps to those who actually needed them rather than those who were possibly abusing the system. From the release:
“The intent of this legislation is to strengthen New Hampshire’s food stamp program so that it can remain solvent for those who truly need the benefits for years to come. By requiring an asset test, we are protecting those most in need be ensuring precious resources are not being diverted to those who do not need assistance.”
From Senate Bill 7 (SB 7),
I. Provides that the department of health and human services shall not seek, accept, or renew a waiver of the federal work requirements for food stamp eligibility.
II. Requires the department to use the federal resource limits for food stamp eligibility.
III. Requires the department to use federal income limits for food stamp eligibility rather than categorical eligibility standard.
IV. Requires individuals to cooperate with the division of child support services as a condition of eligibility for food stamps.
Maine introduced a work requirement for food stamps. Their program specifically targeted able-bodied adults without dependents.
In the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults without dependents plummeted by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in Dec. 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015.
A growing number of states are considering work requirements, part-time work, or at a minimum mandatory job training, as a way to encourage able-bodied adults to progress away from taxpayer-funded handouts and prop-ups like food stamps.
Democrats will jump all over this, but Republicans should be quick to defend it. Progressive power relies almost entirely on welfare slaves. The more dependent someone is on government, the easier it is for the political class to leverage that dependence as a way to socially engineer society. They want to use government to change you.
A genuinely progressive approach is to work toward self-reliance. Skills and work are their own reward, and that independence can free up taxpayer resources for other priorities not the least of which is leaving more of that in the pockets of those who earned it for them to put back into the economy as they see fit.
One more quick point. A family in New Hampshire can’t get food stamps unless everyone 16 or older in that home has some form of ID. This means that every person the Democrats claim could be “harmed” by this legislation already has proper identification to vote, long before they may even be eligible to vote.
Challenge Democrat motivations. Mug their narratives. People deserve better than the Left’s welfare plantation. Most of them want better. Some of them need a little encouragement.
You can read the entire press release here.