A MODEST PROPOSAL: New Mexico’s Human Services Department wants to bring back work requirements for those receiving food stamps.Work should not be a four-letter word, even when it comes to getting food stamps. New Mexico’s Human Services Department plans on reinstating requirements in place before 2009 for people who receive food stamps under the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
HSD wants some — not all — of the recipients to look for work, attend a job training program or perform community service to keep their SNAP benefits.
Some anti-poverty groups are calling foul…… Yes, the New Mexico economy is in dumps, but there should be an incentive for able-bodied people to improve their economic situations. When you receive unemployment benefits, you have to turn in documentation to the Department of Workforce Solutions showing you’re making a good-faith effort to find work before getting a check. If that’s not an undue burden, the HSD requirements hardly seem unreasonable, even in tough times.
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