“There are still too many people in Missouri who have to decide, do I pay the rent or buy food(?),” said Scott Baker director of the Missouri Food Bank Association.
Missouri’s less fortunate are in trouble today as Governor Jay Nixon “seeks to trim ranks of food stamp recipients by eliminating [the eligibility] waiver.”
“Proponents of the change point to it as a sign that the state’s economy is improving,” the Kansas City Star writes. “They argue it is time to tighten up eligibility requirements of a program that has grown exponentially more expensive over the last decade.” What an offensive point to those who are still struggling to gain employment, for those who still, on a daily basis, put forth the effort to dodge poverty.
Missouri social services say their goal is to reconfigure food stamp eligibility to accommodate counties that have unemployment higher than 10%. However, according to the State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations there was only three counties with an unemployment rate higher than 10% in the month of August 2013: Caldwell, Reynolds and Shannon counties.
Missouri Senator Will Kraus (R) justifies food stamp hypocrisy by saying the bill was “never intended to be a permanent solution.”
Well then Senator, please tell the people who lost their jobs well after the implementation (people with zero mal-intention) of this bill that, since their county’s unemployment rate does not exceed 10%, they are just SOL.
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