by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
New food stamp restrictions have been signed into law in North Carolina. Starting next year, recipients of food stamps will have to meet work requirements to stay eligible for them.
This new bill was passed by state lawmakers in September, then finally signed by Governor Pat McCrory in mid October. Approximently 45,000 beneficiaries will be affected by these new statutes.
In a nutshell, the law requires recipients to meet work requirements in order to receive the welfare which was originally laid out in the Personal Responsibility and Work opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 which was then removed following economic recession in 2008.
In order to receive this welfare, any childless, able-bodied adult between 18 & 49 must meet work requirements in order to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.)
Another requirement is that they work more than 20 hours a week and that recipients will face certain reviews quarterly to ensure they arent taking advantage of a system, while every 6 months food stamp re certification takes place.
What is extraordinary is that due to the overwhelming popularity of this bill only two legislators voted against the bill, which were of course the Democrats who represent Robeson County, which contains approximately 3,000 beneficiaries.
McCrory also recently signed a bill banning Sanctuary cities for illegal aliens across the state, and mandates that employers must check applicants immigration status before hiring them.
Its easy to find a job working more than 20 hours a week for those between 18-49 if your able-bodied. They need to earn their keep and NOT just mooch off of free government programs.
The welfare system is broken. People do fall on hard times, but its no excuse for laziness. If youre working hard to make it by, welfare should kick in, if you refuse to work hard you should be left out in the cold.