Ohio to limit food stamps for some adults

Gov. John Kasich to set work requirement for able-bodied adults without children.
Associated Press
Sep 8, 2013

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.

According to The (Columbus) Dispatch, 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 newspaper.

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, Johnson said.

County officials who administer public assistance and advocates for the poor predict the requirement will take food stamps away from thousands of Ohioans.




Right here in town, they are taking the Mexico comment to heart : )

Maybe get more efficient with conveyors : 0



Re: "Kasich would outsource his oven building to Mexico."

Absurdist nonsense.


stay on topic dog.

Simple Enough II

Windy Richard, why do you try to put governor kasich in the same category as Adolph Hitler? Didn't Butler use class warfare and also promised folks jobs & food along with taking over education with indoctrination as a rule? Sounds like our current white house & its administration!


Not everyone receiving food stamps is lazy or doesn't want to work. Some people have no transportation and live in areas where work is mostly seasonal (Ottawa Co). Some older have had difficulties finding work because despite the law, companies do not like to hire those over 50. Many people would much rather work but if there are no opportunities or one is being overlooked because of age, then they have few choices. If you're lucky enough to have a year-round job that's great. Some are not and have to rely on unemployment and food stamps in the winter. They are not sitting around getting high and not looking for work as unemployment requires one to look for work and report where they did so.


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.

It does not say that you MUST work... training, volunteering. And transportation.... walking, biking, getting a ride, transit, taxi, etc.

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Give them drug tests too if they want food stamps .... I had to take tests if I did not want to lose my job ...


They need to give foodstamps to the hard working people who barley get by. I know several people (myself included) who are very hardworking, and some even work, attend school, take care of their children, take care of their house etc. and can barley make it. It is very unfair to
make “too much” to get assistance, but not enough to get by, while others do nothing and get assistance.




"They need to give foodstamps to the hard working people who barley get by."

If you get by on only eating barley, would that be barely getting by?


Obviously you are correct. Thank you for pointing out my error.

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SamAdams, I truly find your comments about drug testing hilarious. You are one of the biggest screamers about 4th amendment rights ... well at least as long as they are "your" 4th amendment rights.

There is a reason no states are drug testing for welfare and SNAP benefits. Florida's testing law for TANF in 2011 has been found unconstitutional by 2 different courts, as have been every other attempt at this sort of thing.

Just so I make myself clear, drug testing for welfare is a violation of "our" constitutional rights. Yes that is right. When Florida tested the brown skinned lady with 6 kids, it not only violated her constitutional rights, it violated your rights, and my rights, and the constitutional rights of every person reading this.

What most of you haters don't seem to get, is that SNAP is a far greater giveaway to your corporate overlords than it is to the poor people of America. I actually agree, at least to an extent, with some of the conservatives on here about moving more towards food banks, and /or other alternative systems and reform, but that will never happen as long as the corporations continue to run congress and the state legislatures the way they do now. Heck, last year an Indiana republican proposed a bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, but he withdrew the bill when a democrat successfully added an amendment that required drug testing of state lawmakers as well. What does that tell you about their priorities?


That's Sham Adams to you!


I'm guessing when you were 19, you mastered name calling and masturbating like every other 19 year old.


I refuse to discuss my sex life with a pervert!!!!! LOL!


Took you till 19 to master those 2 things?? A bit slow, if you don't mind me saying so.

Sorry, that was meant for JudgeMeNot, not Deertracker.


Re: "SNAP is a far greater giveaway to your corporate overlords,"

Twisted logic Caucasian wingnut.

So how is it that the modern food stamp program was begun by LBJ and the Democrats?


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Tell me how that is twisted logic. Big Agriculture spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year buying politicians of all flavors, to make sure they continue to get their SNAP program and all their farm subsidies. Yes democrats are very guilty too.

But if you want the rest of the story, Bob Dole (R) of Kansas, is considered one of the fathers of the modern day food stamp program when he helped bring about changes to "stop the greedy and feed the needy":


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Also, it seems to me that since you claim to be a libertarian, that you would be all over the constitutional issues, but you continue to ignore that, and only harp on the fact that democrats started the program.

That speaks volumes about you and your allegiances.


Re: "democrats started the program."

It's a FACT that the Dems DID start the program and that in no way has any bearings on my libertarian leanings Comrade.

Who give a sh*t about what Sen. Dole (R) did or did not do?

H*ll, FDR proposed a "Second Bill of Rights," making food a right.

Pres. Obama has voiced support for the "Second Bill of Rights."


I'm more concerned with the socialists (Dems), than the socialists-lite (Repubs) at this juncture.

Doesn't really matter, as nothing will change until after the coming economic collapse - too many "takers" and not enough "makers."


You just got OWNED!


Re: "You just got OWNED!"

Only in your delusion.

You don't believe that food should be a "right" Comrade?

Pterocarya frax...

Oooooh, I must have nicked a nerve with that one....2 cuss words and you worked in a "comrade". Good job! I know Americans for Prosperity pays you extra every time you work socialism or communism into the conversation.

My point about Dole was to offset the point you made about who started the program, which offered NOTHING to the conversation, except to deflect attention away from the constitutional issues. Again, you offer only criticisms, and never solutions.


Re: "My point about Dole"

Yea, let's just ignore Sen. Harkin (D-IA) and the ethanol PLUS other farm subsidies.

The FACT is that your argument that the food stamp program is primarily for the benefit of the "corporate overlords" who in your delusional mind are 'somehow' all Repubs has enough holes in it for a wheel of Swiss cheese.

Also, who but a Marxist influenced useful idiot would use the term "corporate overlords"?

Lastly, I have to remind myself that I'm foolishly attempting to communicate with a Caucasian wingnut.

Pterocarya frax...

And again, you try to deflect away from the constitutional issues and the real causes of all these problems....the fact that all politicians are corporate owned, and make everyone believe that it is only the fault of democrats.

I understand it makes you feel powerful to call people communists and names, so to make you feel better, I am happy to be your little whipping girl, but in return, I will point out your hypocrisy.


Re: "all politicians are corporate owned,"

Simplistic nonsense.

Washington/"Wall St." is a revolving door - difficult if not impossible to separate the two.

It's called corporatism or fascism; that which the State does not directly own and control, it heavily regulates for it's benefit.

To the point and to the topic: Research the history of food stamps and you will see that the concept was originated during the FDR Admin. Democrat right?

Do you own any retirement assets? If so, YOU are part of your perceived "problem" of the "corporate overlords."

You write as a socialist; if the shoe fits... It's not "name calling" if it's the truth.

Pterocarya frax...

Man if I am part of the problem, what does that make you?

I will never stoop to being a corporate fascist, so if that makes me a socialist, then it is better than being what you are.


Re: "what does that make you?"

A free-market capitalist.

A TRUE socialist wouldn't have any retirement assets invested with your so-called "corporate overlords."


The Consitution doesn't guarantee anyone monetary benefits at taxpayer expense, so there's no problem with making those benefits contingent on a limited waiver of 4th amendment rights for drug testing, any more than there is with making certain DOT licenses contingent on it.

Pterocarya frax...

There are a bunch of court cases that state otherwise.