At least one-fifth of the nation, 20 percent, receives food stamps. As of 2009, there are 117,538,000 households in the U.S., each with an average size of 2.6 people. That means that at least 23,507,600 families are on food stamps, even more now with President Obama’s devastating record loss of jobs and dramatic increase of welfare recipients.

Because of such economical crises plaguing the nation, governments on the state level are struggling to combat the unbalance of givers and takers.

One state in particular may have found a solution to the welfare abuse that’s crippling the economy and causing the assistance program for those who really need it to become a “career opportunity.”

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage declared a controversial, new requirement for the state’s food stamp program.

According to the government website, the law states:

“With certain exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 years of age must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by (the Office for Family Independence).”

Maine, like most other states, has seen a steady increase in those receiving food stamps and was among the top 10 states in the country with the highest food stamps usage, citing a jaw-dropping 18.6 percent.

With the implementation of the new regulation, the state has seen enrollment drop by 15.2 percent in just one year.

One concern that citizens have is that unemployment is still very high and might impede upon the stipulation of getting a job. However, the regulation seems to only require that enrollees apply and accept an appropriate offer they receive.

The new legislation seems difficult at first, but it could prove to only stimulate the economy since the law creates more workers and fewer dependents, which in return lightens the burden on taxpayers.

 

-Courtesy of Mad World News

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