(Source: AP) - Governor Bill Haslam is reinstating food stamp work
requirements for most Tennessee counties starting February 1.
Haslam said Monday that Tennessee will re-establish federal work
requirements in 70 counties for able-bodied adults without dependents
who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
That requirement was waived in 2008 amid recession. It won't be
reinstated for 16 economically distressed counties. Currently, the work
requirement is in place in nine counties, including seven in the
Haslam said it's now difficult to justify the waiver amid record-low
unemployment rates and substantial job growth. The governor's office
says other states have similarly restored work requirements.
The change affects 58,000 of about 1 million Tennesseans on food stamps.
The administration said Haslam also will propose legislative changes to
reduce welfare fraud, waste and abuse.