Governor Paul LePage of Maine passed a measure last year that requires Food Stamp recipients to complete a certain number of work, job-training, or volunteer hours in order to be eligible for assistance.
As a condition of receiving any assistance, individuals have to complete either 20 hours of part-time work a week, volunteer for at least 24 hours per month, or get involved in a vocational program.
Before the requirement, there were approximately 12000 on the state welfare roles. After a couple of months, this number dropped to 2500.
Opposition Democrats are urging for special measures to ease back on some of the new requirements because they are too strict. Yep, they would be wouldn’t they?