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Stimulus bill adds jobless benefits; removes food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food stamps for some people just vanished.
When unemployment benefits rose as part of the economic stimulus
bill, the change made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of
dollars a month in food stamps.
Here's the problem: laid-off workers have seen a $25 weekly bump
in their unemployment checks, pushing them above the income limit
to receive food stamps.
That can amount to hundreds of dollars per month in benefits.
And state labor departments are telling jobless recipients they
cannot refuse the stimulus increase in order to keep food stamp
benefits coming.
One think tank expert says Congress knew this would happen, but
didn't choose to raise income ceilings.

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  • by Momof5 Location: SE KY on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:12 AM
    I think they need to take care of the people abusing the system. The ones who haven't worked for years. It is a shame that the people who do work and have lost their jobs because of the messes greedy suits have caused are suffering. It is not right to take the foodstamps away from people who are on unemployment. You can only draw unemployment benefits for a certain amount of time so no abuse is in it, because it eventually runs out. Money is taken out of peoples checks to get the benefit. PEOPLE who work, pay taxes to fund things like foodstamps and should recieve help when they need it. My husband makes 3200 a month. If he were layed off, he would only draw around $787 x 2= $1547. Our family would draw $400 in foodstamps for our large family size. Plus we would have to send in money to cover our insurance until work resumes. So Tired, you add it all up.How are people coming out better without their jobs. Everybody will need help sometime, SO don't bite the hand that feeds u
  • by Tired of Steve on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Something like this needed to happen. I am not trying to be rude or heartless but something has to be there to push people into returning to work. I mean if your drawing unemployment and hundreds of dollars of foodstamps then you are already making more than you would be working. Why would you go back to work to take a pay cut?


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