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Increased work requirements for food stamps affecting several Georgia residents

Increased work requirements for food stamps affecting several Georgia residents

Sitting on sofa in her apartment, reading to her 1-year-old daughter, Celine Schmall says it wasn’t long ago that she didn’t know how she could afford to feed her little girl.
The young mother was working, but still needed food stamps.
“People always say [to people on food stamps], ‘oh you’re lazy or you could be working more hours.’” Schmall told CB46.
“Well, the truth is, I’m paying the majority out of pocket just to be able to afford for her to go to daycare, so that I can go to work and make money.
She is currently in school, and says she still worries about the future of the program for others like her.
The Division of Family and Children’s Services, which issues food stamps, doesn’t know how the executive order will impact the Georgia program.
The program requires able bodied adults without dependents to work 80 hours a month or to be in a workfare program in order to qualify.
“The majority of the people who are getting food stamps are not in that category of able -bodied adults without dependents,” Jones said.
“The majority of those people receiving benefits are single parents with young children, medical condition, or advanced age.” Jones indicated that Georgia could be ahead of other states in implementing more work requirements because it has the SNAP Works program, which, in partnership with Goodwill, helps recipients with job training and positions.
The state says this was a proactive approach made years ago to promote employment for those in need of assistance.

Georgia warning to Democrats: Trump isn’t the answer. Yet.
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Georgia warning to Democrats: Trump isn’t the answer. Yet.

Democrat Jon Ossoff lost the runoff to most expensive House race in U.S. history by about 4 percentage points in Georgia’s 6th congressional district despite mobilizing tens of millions in small-dollar donations from Americans committed to resisting Trump.
Democrats are now 0 for 4 in special elections since Trump became president.
An upset loss in a seat Republicans have held for decades by victory margins ranging from 24% to 60% might have been enough to slap the party out of its frenzied plot to pass Trumpcare through the Senate by July 4.
The House GOP’s health care bill seemed designed punish Trump voters while rewarding Democrats.
The Senate bill looks worse.
Giveaways for the rich and grief for everyone else may not turn off core Republican voters.
An ironworker can take on Paul Ryan in Wisconsin and the former president of a reform temple can take on Nevada’s Dean Heller, a key Senate vote for Trumpcare, while also taking on Trump when it helps them or not.
More importantly, the party has to decide to let primaries end at some point and commit to supporting the strongest candidate in each race.
The lesson of Georgia’s 6th isn’t new: Republicans fall in line.
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