Dec 7, 2014

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59% Think New GOP Congress Likely to Be A Disappointment

 A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the 2016 elections. That includes 36% who say it’s Very Likely.

Just 26% consider it unlikely that the new congressional GOP will be a disappointment to most voters, with seven percent (7%) who say it is Not At All Likely. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. –Rasmussen Report

Another State Tightens Food Stamp Eligibility

Indiana is preparing to implement changes to its implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — aka food stamps — to better ensure recipients use the program as a ladder out of poverty instead of abusing it as an open-ended entitlement.

Beginning next year, the state will stop waiving the federal requirement that tasks recipients with holding some kind of job, looking for a job or receiving job-related training. Instead, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will require “able-bodied” adults with no dependents to hold down a job of 20 or fewer hours per week, or to provide documentation that they’re on a path to securing employment.

WXIN-TV in Indianapolis reports the change could remove 65,000 people from SNAP eligibility — a change that one critic says will flood the state’s welfare-to-work program.

“The employment and training program served 783 people in 2014, and when this waiver takes full effect, there’s maybe 65,000 Hoosiers that are going to be rushing in to try to get on that program,” Indiana Institute for Working Families program manager Jessica Fraser told the news outlet.

But the trend may be catching on. Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage — who was homeless as a child — moved to end food stamps for able recipients who similarly don’t work (and aren’t looking for work) back in July.

LePage has received a lifetime’s share of criticism from the progressive left, but he just won re-election in a race that lost Tom Steyer — billionaire environmentalist and profligate Democratic donor — $2.3 million in a failed bid to replace LePage with “green” Democrat Mike Michaud. –Personal Liberty

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