Welfare

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray fires 61 city employees for collecting unemployment benefits while working for the District government

April 18, 2012

“The checks ranged from a few hundred dollars to more than $20,000 per employee since 2009 — or about $800,000 in all — according to city officials. The city suspended 92 employees, among them the 61 who have been recently terminated.”

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House Republicans eye big cuts to food stamps to cut the deficit

April 17, 2012

“The cuts to food stamps would reduce the monthly benefit for a family of four by almost $60 and would force up to 3 million people off the program altogether by tightening eligibility.”

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Nebraska Governor signs 5 child welfare reform bills into law

April 11, 2012

“The governor signed three measures Wednesday that would increase payments for foster care providers, create a state children’s commission, and establish a plan for a web-based child welfare information system. He signed two other measures last week that would lower caseloads for child service providers and require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to better serve children.”

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New Jersey Governor Christie (R): America is becoming a “paternalistic entitlement society”

April 11, 2012

“”Government’s telling them stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you,” he said. “We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally.”"

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Supreme Court rules that states cannot be sued for money damages for violating federal law that gives workers time off for a serious medical condition

March 21, 2012

“The high court by a 5-4 vote ruled that lawsuits against states under the law were barred by state sovereign immunity, rejecting state worker claims for money damages for violations of a provision of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposes budget to cut spending across the board while cancelling the expected defense cuts

March 20, 2012

“The plan offered by Mr. Ryan cancels the looming deep defense spending cuts that resulted after last year’s deficit supercommittee failed to reach an agreement, and instead slashes other government spending on everything from food stamps to agriculture subsidies to the federal workforce.”

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Bill O’Reilly, on his show The O’Reilly Factor, makes controversial comments about Black People on Welfare

March 19, 2012

BILL O’REILLY: School choice down the road might work. Fine. In twenty years, it might work. What do you do with those people who want a handout, don’t want to work, and are impregnating people all over the place?

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Supreme Court hears case on survivor benefits for children conceived postmortem with frozen sperm

March 19, 2012

“Karen Capato used the frozen sperm of her deceased husband to conceive twins, but the government denied them Social Security benefits as their father’s survivors. Her situation, more common as reproductive technology advances, had a mostly unsympathetic Supreme Court grappling Monday with the definition of “child,’ inheritance law and artificial insemination.”

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Michigan Lawmaker calls for state ban to prohibit lottery winners from collecting welfare benefits

March 8, 2012

“A 24-year-old Detroit-area woman was taken off the rolls after admitting to a TV station that she still was in the program, despite a $700,000 lump-sum lottery windfall last fall.”

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: 91% of “Entitlement Benefits” go to the Elderly, Seriously Disabled, or Living in Working Households

February 11, 2012

“People who are neither elderly nor disabled — and do not live in a working household — received only 9 percent of the benefits. “

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Americans’ dependency on the Federal Government has increased by 23% under President Obama, the most under any President since Jimmy Carter

February 9, 2012

“The conservative think tank’s annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were “traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families.” The two-year increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.”

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The Daily Show & Jon Stewart liberally satirize the political problem of rising income inequality (Video)

February 7, 2012

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Almost 90 District of Columbia government employees placed on leave after officials determined they had received fraudulent unemployment benefits while holding their city jobs

February 6, 2012

“Nearly 90 District government employees were placed on leave Monday in a prelude to their potential firing and prosecution after officials determined they had received fraudulent unemployment benefits while holding their city jobs.”

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Florida State Senator Ronda Storms (R) proposes bill that would require food stamp recipients to take state-run classes on healthy eating and ban the use of food stamps to purchase ‘snacks and sweets’

February 6, 2012

“A Florida lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of food stamps to purchase snacks and sweets, such as cookies and cakes. Republican State Sen. Ronda Storms, of Valrico, says her goal is to stop a small percentage of recipients who misuse food stamps. Her bill would also require food stamp recipients to take state-run classes on healthy eating and how making your own baked goods is cheaper than store-made sweets.”

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House votes overwhelmingly to ban using welfare payments at strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores

February 2, 2012

“The chamber will again vote Wednesday on a bill which would ensure that electronic withdrawals of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families dollars aren’t allowed to be withdrawn from ATMs at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. TANF replaced national welfare programs after the welfare reforms of 1996.”

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