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Kasich puts new limits on food-stamp eligibility

Published: Sun, September 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


The administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting next year.

The requirement will cover able-bodied adults without children.

They will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity unless they live in one of 16 high-unemployment counties.

The requirements begin next month but those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until Jan. 1.

More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps.

The exempt counties are Adams, Brown, Clinton, Coshocton, Highland, Huron, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingun, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pike and Scioto.

“It’s important that we provide more than just a monetary benefit, that we provide job training, an additional level of support that helps put [food-stamp recipients] on a path toward a career and out of poverty,” Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, told the Columbus Dispatch.

For years, Ohio has taken advantage of a federal waiver exempting food-stamps recipients from the work requirements that Kasich championed while U.S. House Budget Committee chairman during the mid-1990s.

“The governor believes in a work requirement,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said Friday. “But when the economy is bad and people are hurting, the waiver can be helpful. Now, fortunately, Ohio’s economy is improving.”

An estimated 134,000 adults will be subject to the work requirements. They are ages 18 to 50, without children under 18, and deemed to be physically and mentally able to participate.


1redvert(2107 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

How dare the governor expect able bodied people to work! That is just not the way a Socialist society is supposed to operate. Obowser will have something to say about that!

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2redeye1(4792 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

All I can say is "IT"S ABOUT TIME" Thanks Governor Kasich !!!!!!!!!!

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3dmacker(346 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

The Attorney General Holder will be all over this new regulation. What about all the free stuff Obama promised us. He didn't say anything about having to work for it. Impeach Kasich....

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4pbracing33b(1 comment)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I think I am going to sue the State of Ohio for discrimination, because this is exactly what this is, I don't think its right for women to keep having more and more babies just to get more benefits, while I am trying to be responsible and I am hoping to only be on this for a little while til I find A JOB! But maybe Kaisch could go after the manufactures that fire people unjustly and their own system finds the manufactures at fault for letting people go, maybe Mr. Kaisch should go after these companies for wrongful termination instead of just giving us unemployment, my job is more important then any state benefits, maybe because Dick Head Kaisch wants to favor the rich, instead of helping the poor.

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