Friday, October 11, 2013

Government Shut Down Could End Florida Food Stamps


TALLAHASSEE, Florida —  There may be no treats come this Halloween for Florida Food Stamp recipients. That's because benefit payments are projected to end on October 31st, 2013 due to lack of federal funding caused by the U.S. government shut down.


A State of Florida budget analysis performed for the Florida Senate stated that federal funding for Florida’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired with the rest of the farm bill on September 30, 2013.  To bridge this funding gap, the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will use its authority under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to continue operations and benefit payments to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards (also known as Food Stamps) only through October 31, 2013.


Federal funding for cash payments to welfare recipients, known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), also expired September 30, 2013.  The Florida Senate budget analysis stated that this program now lacks federal authorization and funding.


According to the recent U.S. Government revised data from SNAP, the number of Floridians on food stamps was 3,568,672 in June 2013, a 4.4% increase compared to June 2012. Florida food stamp enrollment grew at twice the national rate (2.3%) for the same time period.



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31 comments:

  1. I need a cheeze whopper! super size that dog.

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    1. Listen I live in Florida I am a single 56 year old disable woman . I have had a stroke , heart surgery ... I am not proud of the fact but I am on foodstamp . If I loose my food stamps I will not have anything to eat . So as you are making fun of people please think about the people that really need this program . God forbid but, You yourself may very well be walking in my shoes someday .

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  2. Howz i sposed to feed my 12 keeds? None of dem no who dere daddy be and dey aint gonna help anywayz. It be r kulcher! Now give me money or i will send my keeds to rob u! U OWE US!!

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    1. don't procreate (that means make babies)

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    2. you're an idiot! That means you make the American people SICK! Dumb ass!

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    3. Dem daddies be in prison n sheet. you can still eat bit*c, just cook some of dat Ghetto Lobsters. Yous gots 14 of dem.

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  3. You are an ignorant moron.

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    1. Youz callin me a MORON?? At leest i nose how to push de REPLY butten! DUH!

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    2. As opposed to intelligent moron?

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    3. Hey, if you really this she's serious... assuming SHE is a she.

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    4. Actually, I'm a bi-transgender. Some days my brain says I'm a girl. Other days it tells me I'm a guy. But that's normal. I'm also a latent transgenus. Some days my brain says I'm a cat and I just want to be petted, coddled, and pampered. You know... like a liberal.

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  4. I already have a job at McDonald's. If you think I'm getting a second job just so I can feed my family, you're nuts. That's not fair! Now give me your money.

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  5. I couldn't find a job when I got out of high school so I got pregnant and went on welfare & food stamps. If they cut off either (or both) of these entitlements what am I to do? Don't start with that "It's your own damned fault!" judgement of me. Hitlary Clinton says, "It takes a village!" Obviously, the village (you people) failed me! It's not my fault! Now give me your money.

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  6. Wow obviously the same person is writing all of the comments, you're being ignorant. Just think of all of those federal employees that were just furloughed because of the government shutdown, they're are going to need this assistance.

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    1. How a bout better oversight of the program to many abuse it and there is nothing wrong with expecting help but to live forever on the program is wrong to have more than one kid and no way to feed it is wrong we have birthcontroll to prevent this use it dont be a leech

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  7. While you're all having fun picking on a "class" of people you are forgetting all of the hard working folks that through no fault of their own were laid off. I have over 50 families where I live that worked for the space center. They are educated, willing to work it there were jobs that need the support of food stamps. This is not all about a class of people who have made the social giveaway and entitlement programs a way of life.
    While you are all making fun of the situation I bet you would find it so humorous if you or your parents didn't have jobs.

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    1. If you work for the government then you should be aware that your job could be terminated at any time. Projects are cancelled all the time. You know it and so do I. But that's one of the reasons they're paid the "big bucks". They are taking a risk: money vs job security. It would suck having to work at McDonald's with a BSEE/MBA, but I'd do it before I demanded other people give me their money. Sorry, but I'm not responsible for the lives of 3.5M other people! You, on the other hand, are more than welcome to give away as much of the money you earn as you wish. I'm sure it will make you feel all warm & fuzzy inside.

      BTW, do you understand why one shouldn't feed the bears? Or raccoons?

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    2. people aren't ducks or raccoons
      even raccoons share their food with each other you worm

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    3. Liberals are so smart!

      "people aren't ducks or raccoons"

      Wow! Thanks for that info! Or did you mean that one cannot compare human behavior to animal behavior?

      "even raccoons share their food with each other you worm"

      In this statement you do compare human behavior to animal behavior. I must admit that I'm a bit skeptical, though... Do raccoon families really share their food with other raccoon families they don't know?

      However, what makes your retort truly pathetic is your refusal to even acknowledge the obvious. Denial is a hallmark of liberals.

      ym

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    4. *It would suck having to work at McDonald's with a BSEE/MBA, but I'd do it before I demanded other people give me their money. *

      I had to reply to this.

      Try getting that McJob and just see if you make enough to feed yourself. If you are lucky enough to get a full time position, you may bring home 800-1000 a month. Try putting a roof over your head, keeping the lights on, paying for the bus (car? forget it!) etc. on that kind of money. I would prefer higher minimum wages nationwide so that the government doesn't have to subsidize cheap labor, but unless we have a livable minimum wage, the working poor need some sort of safety net.

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    5. I had to reply to this.

      Classic liberal socialist logic. What makes you people think you should be be paid a "living wage" for any job, no matter how simple? If you can't live off minimum wage (and you can't) then you either need to go back to school or find a second job. Somehow you seem to think that just because you have a job you deserve a fine lifestyle. And when you can't, you whine & cry and tell everyone else they should give you their money.

      The "minimum wage" (like welfare, food stamps, and Obamacare) is pure socialism. In a free market economy an employee is worth whatever an employer is willing to pay. If I need people to sweep the floors, I would offer them $4/hr. If there are no takers, I'd offer $5/hr. And I'd continue to raise my offer (to a point) until someone does accept it. That wage then, by definition, becomes the value of that job. Not some arbitrary value set by some liberal politician who is out buying votes! ("Vote for me and I'll give you other people's money!" followed by "If you don't re-elect me, my opponent will take away that free money!")

      Don't feed the bears.
      ym

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  9. Even Michael Jackson said dont breed if you cant feed.....

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  11. "Who gonna be payin' fo mah babies?"
    Dis be rayciss en sheeit!

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  12. Give a man a fish & he eats for a day, give a man someone else's fish and he'll vote for you forever!

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  13. I must admit, replies are the new cartoons. They are FUN. However, I do agree with the "Dont feed the bears" statement. The moment you stop the food, they'll ransack your car and house looking for what they think is "righteously theirs" I'm afraid pretty soon crime will go up just like in Chicago, Detroit, LA. etc, etc. many Americans have been pampered for too long, and not just one particular race btw.

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    1. You make a good point, but I'd also like to note that it's best for the bears not to be fed. They will have cubs who grow up never knowing how to forage for themselves. Once mama dies and if the food stops being delivered, they'll all starve to death.

      ym

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  14. What's the problem? If the EBT gets shut off, the former recipients can simply delve into some of the money they saved up because they were thinking ahead and realized they might someday need an emergency fund ... oh, wait ... these are pongos that have no ability for abstract thought, which is why they're dependent on humans in the first place.

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  15. What about the man working for a company 20 years paying into the system who due to cut backs is now out of work? He is told sorry over qualified we nee labor at one place another sorry no experience?

    Is he entitled to reclaim some of that money they took from him until he is able to work?

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