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Arkansas Sees Drop in Food Stamp Enrollment After Adopting Work Requirements

In today’s “duh” story, it seems that yet another state has found out that when you stop waiving work requirements for food stamp benefits, your rolls suddenly drop.

According to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, after the Razorback State began enacting work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — colloquially known as “food stamps” — back on Jan. 1 of last year, the rolls of recipients dropped by roughly 25,000 individuals in just one year.

According to KASU-FM, the state had ended a waiver on a three-month limit to food stamps for able-bodied childless individuals between 18 to 49 who do not work, unless they’re either enrolled in school or a job training program.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that roughly 9,000 were kicked off of the program as of April 1, when the three-month limit could start being enforced. Between April and November, the program shed another 15,000 individuals.

Of the 10 states that implemented the requirements last year, Arkansas saw the largest drop in food stamp enrollment, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And that’s not all. Since 2013, the over-500,000 individuals in Arkansas who participated in the food stamp program has been reduced to 418,000.

Thanks to the 10 states that enacted the food stamp requirements, roughly 773,000 fewer people received food stamp benefits in April than did in March, which the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said was “the largest one-month drop since temporary disaster benefits for Hurricane Katrina victims ended in 2005.”

It’s no surprise that a lot of people who are on food stamp benefits — as well as other benefits — are not there because they lack the wherewithal to work. It’s because they don’t believe they should have to work for your money.

We hope that in 2017, more states will consider doing what Arkansas did. If they see anything like the same results, it will be great news for taxpayers all over the United States.

From CT.