Monday, April 11, 2016

911 Situation -Food Stamps To Be Cut And It Has Started All By Oct 2016 Government Bankrupt

 NOTE: In some of the posts below you will read this has been going on about a year, it is just starting to become much worse, and this is why I post this.

This was spoken forth, The Government would say, 'We are bankrupt and FS, SSI, Veterans pay would be no longer available, and this will cause riots and martial law and in Oct maybe a full blown economic collapse. This was also posted Isolated Martial law in A US State and then it spreads, this would be your 72 hour Warning .


A Bible College Student In ILL ST said Their FS have already stopped,

This is what the student said in an email today;

Oh by the way, I thought I would let you know Illinois has stopped food
stamp benefits, and yes ours was stopped also, even with my wife
being legally disabled. This I wish would not have happened, but
what can I say God will provide, just as he always has, I have faith
in his perfect will.

I wounder if this has anything to do with a possible shift,(SHTF) Stuff Hits the Fan
food for thought.

Second email short -

FS for my wife were suspended yesterday 4-10-16
which would have been the monthly renewal date.

I emailed and asked , were all taken off as this would be 100% chaos, the third email said,

Not all, but a lot of people, I believe only those in critical need will still receive,
but a disabled person who cant work, I thought would fit the category .


OK , no uprising yet, but it all has started as our lord warned.

So, for some, this has already started well before OCT. said 2016 as you will read at the end of the posts.


Feds tell states to stop processing food stamp benefits

http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/22/feds-tell-states-to-stop-processing-food-stamp-benefits/



Washington –The state's 423,000 food stamp recipients could soon be early victims of Washington's budget crisis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed the Connecticut Department of Social Services and similar agencies in all of the states to not dispense any October benefits to food stamp recipients "until further notice."

The USDA cites the threat of a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1 as the reason for holding up the benefits. Some $60 million in food aid could hang in the balance, one Connecticut official said.

“Considering the operational issues and constraints that exist in automated systems, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their October issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice,” the USDA letter from Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe said.

The stopping of processing October's benefits means recipients are likely to suffer a delay in benefits, even if Congress resolves the standoff over the federal budget in the next few days.


Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, a champion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) the formal name for food stamps, said she spoke with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday and was told there is not enough money in a contingency fund to continue benefits past the end of the month.

"To hear of this impending disaster when we are preparing to hear from His Holiness Pope Francis, who has spoken so eloquently about hunger, is nothing short of a cruel joke," DeLauro said. The Pope arrived in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

The last time the government shut down, in 2013, SNAP benefits continued because there was enough money left in a stimulus bill fund to keep the program running. This time that is not the case.

Congress is running out of time to approve a budget for fiscal year 2016 or even approve a short term funding bill, called a continuing resolution. The bill is stymied by the insistence of conservative Republicans that Planned Parenthood be defunded in the legislation.

“What kind of morality moves them?” DeLauro asked.

GOP lawmakers were prompted to defund Planned Parenthood after a series of undercover videos were released, showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing -- sometimes in a cavalier manner -- arrangements to provide fetal tissues to medical laboratories.

“Republicans in Congress are proposing to deprive people of food – literally. And they’re doing it over bogus videos,” said Devon Puglia, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel Malloy. “That Congress would shut down the government over bogus videos and in the process, deprive families in need of food is unbelievably alarming and unbelievably reckless.”

David Dearborn, spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Social Services, said like many other states, Connecticut administers SNAP benefits through a federal account – not grants or a reimbursement program.

“If that federal account is actually frozen in October, about $60 million in food benefits would be withheld from Connecticut households and the food economy, ranging from supermarkets to farmers’ markets, throughout the state,” Dearborn said.

Lucy Nolan, executive director of End Hunger Connecticut!, a non-profit that helps Connecticut residents sign up for the food stamp program, said damage has been done already, even if there is no shutdown. That’s because it will take a few days for benefits distribution to resume and recipients, especially the elderly, are likely to drop off the program.

“If they go to shop and there’s nothing on their cards, they are going to think they’ve been cut off,” Nolan said.

She said she would try to warn recipients about the situation. “Meanwhile, I hope the food banks and food pantries are prepared,” Nolan said.



More Than 500,000 Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016 as Waivers Expire

http://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/more-than-500000-adults-will-lose-snap-benefits-in-2016-as-waivers-expire



More than 500,000 and as many as 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children.  These individuals will lose their food assistance benefits after three months regardless of how hard they are looking for work.  The impact will be felt in the 22 states that must or are choosing to reimpose the time limit in 2016.

More than 500,000 and as many as 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016.One of the harshest pieces of the 1996 welfare law, this provision limits such individuals to three months of SNAP benefits in any 36-month period when they aren’t employed or in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week.  Even SNAP recipients whose state operates few or no employment programs and fails to offer them a spot in a work or training program — which is the case in most states — have their benefits cut off after three months irrespective of whether they are searching diligently for a job.  Because this provision denies basic food assistance to people who want to work and will accept any job or work program slot offered, it is effectively a severe time limit rather than a work requirement, as such requirements are commonly understood.  Work requirements in public assistance programs typically require people to look or work and accept any job or employment program slot that is offered but do not cut off people who are willing to work and looking for a job simply because they can’t find one.  In fact, SNAP has separate work requirement authority much like this, where states can require individuals to participate in job search or a training program but cannot terminate them if no program is available.

In the past few years, the three-month limit hasn’t been in effect in most states.  The 1996 welfare law allows states to suspend the three-month limit in areas with high and sustained unemployment; many states qualified to waive the time limit throughout the state due to high unemployment rates during and since the Great Recession.  But as unemployment rates fall, fewer areas are qualifying for statewide waivers.  Most states have counties and other localities that are eligible for waivers because they continue to have especially high unemployment. 

In 2016, the time limit will be in effect in more than 40 states.  In 22 states, it will be the first time the time limit has been in effect since before the recession.  (See Figure 1.)  Of these states, 19 must reimpose the time limit in at least part of the state; another three are electing to reimpose the time limit despite qualifying for a statewide waiver from the time limit because of continued high unemployment.[1]





As a result, at least 500,000 and as many as 1 million SNAP recipients will have their benefits cut off in 2016.  A few southeastern states that are electing to re-implement the time limit statewide even though some or all of the state qualifies for a waiver, such as Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina will be particularly hard hit.  In most of these states the time limit took effect in January 2016 and the first people will be cut off three months later, in April.  (We developed the estimate based on historical SNAP administrative data and Agriculture Department [USDA] data on states’ approved 2016 waivers.[2])

The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $170 per person per month for this group, will cause serious hardship among many.  USDA data show that the individuals likely to be cut off by the three-month limit have average monthly income of approximately 17 percent of the poverty line, and they typically qualify for no other income support.

The indigent individuals at risk are diverse.[3]  More than 40 percent are women.  Close to one-third are over age 40.  Among those who report their race, about half are white, a third are African American, and a tenth are Hispanic.  Half have only a high school diploma or GED, and one-quarter have not completed high school.  They live in all areas of the country, and among those for whom data on metropolitan status are available, close to 40 percent live in urban areas, 40 percent in suburban areas, and over 20 percent in rural areas.[4] 

Many in this population, which generally has limited education and skills and limited job prospects, struggle to find employment even in normal economic times.  And although the overall unemployment rate is slowly falling, other labor market data indicate that many people who want to work still cannot find jobs, while others who want to work full-time can find only part-time employment.  Cutting off food assistance to poor unemployed and underemployed workers doesn’t enable them to find employment or secure more hours of work.

Congress could revise this harsh rule to better accomplish its stated goal of testing individuals’ willingness to work.  For example, Congress could make the three-month limit in a given state contingent on the state offering a job or training position to all nondisabled childless adults subject to the limit who don’t otherwise find employment.  Congress could also allow diligent job search to count toward the requirement, as it generally does under work requirements for other programs.

But such congressional action seems unlikely.  Consequently, states and local charities that work with this population need to prepare for the return of the three-month cut-off provision on a large scale.  States need to be prepared to reinstate this complex rule properly and to engage stakeholders and prepare them for the consequences as substantial numbers of indigent individuals in their communities lose food assistance.
Very Few States Provide Work or Job Training to All Who Need It

Under the 1996 welfare law, adults aged 18-49 who are not physically or mentally unfit for work or caring for a minor child are ineligible for SNAP if they have received three months of SNAP benefits while unemployed during the previous 36 months.[5]  Months of SNAP receipt don’t count toward the limit if the individual is working at least half-time, participating  in qualifying work or training program activities for at least 20 hours a week, doing workfare, or living in an area with high unemployment where the three-month limit is temporarily waived.  When signing the welfare law in 1996, President Clinton singled out this as one of the bill’s most harmful provisions and called for it to be substantially changed.[6]

Since states don’t provide half-time employment opportunities to SNAP recipients, the only way that an unemployed person can maintain SNAP eligibility during normal economic times (i.e., when a high-unemployment waiver is unavailable) is to find 20 hours a week of job training or another work program, or find a workfare slot.[7]  Job search, the lowest-cost activity for a state to require and monitor, does not count as an allowable activity.[8]

Yet states aren’t required to offer these recipients a place in a work or training program for 20 hours a week, and very few states do.  This leaves it up to individuals who can’t find a job to try to find training or work program openings on their own, which few are able to do, especially since most training programs have insufficient resources to meet demand, resulting in substantial waiting lists.  A person who wants to work but is unable to find a job, and is willing to participate in job training but has no opportunity to do so, loses all of his or her SNAP benefits at the three-month point.

The welfare law allows states to request a temporary waiver of the three-month limit in areas with persistently high unemployment, an option that was critical to Congress’ approval of the three-month cut-off.  Then-representatives John Kasich (R-OH) and Rob Ney (R-OH), the three-month limit’s authors in 1996, said on the House floor that the provision wouldn’t have draconian effects for two reasons:  1) states would offer workfare programs to all people who couldn’t find a job; and 2) states could seek waivers to suspend the three-month cut-off in localities with high unemployment or insufficient jobs.  They presented the provision as one that would push people to look for work, provide them with a workfare slot if they couldn’t find a job, and allow states to waive the requirement if there were insufficient jobs.[9]

But despite the authors’ claims, the provision neither required states to offer workfare programs or job training to people who were unable to find a job nor provided funds to states for that purpose.  Most states do not offer these programs, in part because operating a work program with enough slots for everyone at risk of hitting the three-month time limit is too expensive.

Each year, only about five states use additional federal funding available to provide a job training or workfare slot to every nondisabled childless adult at risk of losing SNAP benefits after three months. (Colorado, Delaware, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin have pledged to offer a qualifying work slot in 2016 to every nondisabled childless adult subject to the three-month limit.[10]) States that offer a training slot to all individuals facing the time limit can receive a pro-rata share of $20 million in federal funding to defray the cost.  (The $20 million annual fund was established in 1997 in response to criticism of the 1996 law.)  States can commit to serve these individuals without accessing the special federal funding, though this is unusual.  For example New York requires that counties where the time limit is in effect provide a slot when requested by an individual subject to the time limit.

Each state also receives its share of the regular $79 million in federal funding provided to states each year for SNAP employment and training programs.  Most states, however, have used the majority of the federal funds for programs and work-related services for other SNAP recipients, such as those with children.[11]  Moreover, these resources generally fall far short of the cost of providing work or training programs to all jobless individuals in a state who face the three-month cut-off, even if the state wanted to do so.

In contrast, the temporary waiver option for areas with high unemployment has provided significant protection in the past few years for people facing the three-month limit.  During the Great Recession, nearly every state suspended the time limit due to soaring unemployment.[12]  In stronger economic times, a smaller number of states with regions or counties with persistently high unemployment have received waivers for those areas.

Use of these high-unemployment waivers hasn’t had a political dimension; every state except Delaware has used its waiver authority at some point over the last 19 years to temporarily suspend the three-month limit in at least part of the state so that poor jobless workers in high-unemployment areas would have access to food while looking for work.  Governors of both parties have used this flexibility in high-unemployment areas of their states.

Many of the states with waivers from the three-month limit impose regular SNAP work requirements on childless unemployed adults, and individuals who don’t comply with the work requirements, such as looking for work or participating in a training program, are subject to having their benefits cut off.  But they are not terminated from SNAP simply for being unemployed, as long as they comply with their state’s work requirements.
History Shows Many Lose Benefits When Time Limit Imposed

In 2016, the three-month time limit will be in effect in areas with about 65 percent of the U.S. population; the rest of the country has sufficiently high and persistent unemployment to continue qualifying for waivers and states have sought them.[13]   By contrast, in 2015, the time limit was only in effect in areas with about 30 percent of the country’s population.   

As waivers disappear across the country, some nondisabled childless adults subject to the three-month limit will be able to meet the requirements necessary to maintain SNAP eligibility, such as finding at least half-time work, participating in job training for at least 20 hours a week, or qualifying for an exemption.  But we estimate that many — at least 500,000 and as many as 1 million poor individuals — will lose SNAP benefits as a result of states’ re-imposition of the three-month time limit.

The recent history of states that have reimposed the three-month limit is illustrative.  In fiscal year 2014, Kansas and Oklahoma reimposed the time limit after several years of statewide waivers.  Beginning three months after the time limit took effect, these states’ caseloads dropped significantly.  While caseloads had been slowly declining (as is typical when unemployment falls) even before reimposition of the time limit, the drop accelerated substantially three months after the time limit returned.[14]  These states did not offer workfare or job training slots to all nondisabled childless adults at risk of losing benefits.  As a result, the provision was implemented as a time limit rather than a work requirement.

For example, Kansas reimposed the time limit in October 2013, with the first childless adults losing eligibility three months later, in January 2014.  The caseload decline expected due to the improving economy — about 3,000 to 4,000 participants per month — suddenly accelerated in January to about 15,000 individuals, then returned to its previous pace (see Figure 2).
Ohio County Illustrates Potential Problems as Waivers Expire

A significant share of the about 5,000 nondisabled childless adults in Franklin County, Ohio who became subject to the three-month cut-off since Ohio reimposed the time limit there in December 2013 faced multiple barriers to employment, according to a study conducted by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.  The findings highlight the issues that other states may face as their waivers expire.

    Demographics: Close to one-third of those subject to the three-month limit had never graduated from high school.  Just over 10 percent were working for pay while subject to the time limit; another almost 10 percent were performing work in exchange for in-kind benefits such as housing.
    Barriers to employment: One-third of those subject to the three-month cut-off had a medical or physical limitation, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or mental or learning disabilities.  Sixteen percent needed supportive services like language interpretation or transportation to obtain employment.  In addition, 13 percent reported being caregivers for a parent, relative, or friend.  Finally, more than one-third had felony convictions, another barrier to employment.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks partnered with the county SNAP agency to help place individuals identified as subject to the time limit in qualifying work activities after screening them.  For more information, see “Comprehensive Report on Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, Franklin County Ohio Work Experience Program,” http://admin.ohiofoodbanks.org/uploads/news/ABAWD_Report_2014-2015-v3.pdf.


Figure 2
States Implementing SNAP Time Limit Produced Sudden Drops in SNAP Participation


Affected People Are Extremely Poor

Unemployed, nondisabled childless adults on SNAP tend to be very poor.  USDA data show that while these individuals participate in SNAP their gross income averages 17 percent of the poverty line — about $2,000 per year for a household of one in 2015 — compared to gross income of 57.8 percent of the poverty line for the average SNAP household overall.  Over 80 percent of the people subject to the three-month limit live in households with incomes below half of the poverty line (see Figure 3).  Some 97 percent live in households below 100 percent of the poverty line.[15]
Figure 3
Individuals Subject to the Time Limit Have Very Low Incomes

Over 40 percent of this vulnerable population are women.  Close to one-third are over age 40.  Among those who report their race, about half are white, a third are African American, and a tenth are Hispanic.  Half have only a high school diploma or GED, and one-quarter have not completed high school.  They live in all areas of the country; among those for whom data on metropolitan status are available, close to 40 percent live in urban areas, 40 percent in suburban areas, and over 20 percent in rural areas.  (See Figure 4.)


Figure 4
Unemployed, Nondisabled, Childless Adults Are a Diverse Group



Other kinds of assistance won’t replace the lost SNAP benefits.  SNAP is the only benefit available to most unemployed workers without children.  All but a few states have eliminated their state-run cash assistance programs for poor childless adults (except, in some states, for people with a disability).[16]  Most unemployed workers on SNAP either don’t qualify for unemployment insurance or any other federal or state cash or food assistance benefit or are long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. 
Labor-Market Opportunities for These Individuals Are Limited

There is little evidence that SNAP participation discourages nondisabled adults from working when jobs are available.  These generally are low-income, low-skill workers with limited job prospects.  SNAP participants subject to the three-month cut-off are more likely than other SNAP participants to lack basic job skills like reading, writing, and basic mathematics, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.[17]

While the economy has improved and the national unemployment rate has fallen, the labor market is not back to full health, particularly for low-skilled, less-educated individuals such as those who face the three-month cut-off.

    The unemployment rate for people lacking a high school diploma or GED — who make up about a quarter of all non-disabled childless adults on SNAP — was 8.1 percent in an average month of 2015, compared to an unemployment rate of 4 percent for those with at least a high school degree or more education.[18]  Unemployment rates for workers in many lower-skilled occupations, such as the service industries, are also substantially higher than the overall unemployment rate.
    The employment-to-population ratio — the share of the adult population with a job (which is considered one of the best measures of labor-market strength or weakness since, unlike the unemployment rate, it isn’t lowered artificially when long-term unemployed workers give up looking and drop out of the labor force) — plummeted during the Great Recession and is not fully back to where it would be in a fully healthy labor market.


    Long-term unemployment hit record highs in the recession and remains unusually high; in November 2015, more than a quarter (25.7 percent) of the nation’s 7.9 million unemployed workers had been looking for work for 27 weeks or longer.  Workers who, at a given point in time, have been unemployed for more than six months are only half as likely as those unemployed for shorter periods to have found employment by one month later, a 2014 study found.[19]
    Many of the jobs being created in the recovery are low paying and part time — in some cases for less than 20 hours a week — so some people who manage to find jobs may qualify for, and need, SNAP, yet be subject to the three-month cut-off.

Complexity of Time Limit May Cause Even More People to Lose Benefits

SNAP’s time limit is complex and presents substantial administrative challenges.  SNAP participants risk having their benefits cut off after three months despite being exempt from the three-month limit — or being in compliance with it.
Tracking Months of Eligibility

To determine whether a nondisabled childless adult is eligible for SNAP, a state must identify the individual as a nondisabled childless adult, determine whether an exemption applies, and (for those not found exempt) determine for each month whether the individual worked or participated in a work or job training program for the required number of hours.  The information necessary to make this determination will not typically be found in the individual’s case records because states had no reason to explore exemptions from the time limit while the time limit was not in effect.  Similarly, states typically track an individual’s earnings instead of their hours worked.  As a result, states must communicate with those potentially subject to the time limit to try capture this additional information.  In addition, the state must track the 36-month period for each individual in order to determine whether the three-month limit has been reached.  This is the only provision in SNAP law that requires counting and tracking months in this way, and it necessitates special computer programming and staff training.

Over the last several years, many states, driven by the demands of the Affordable Care Act, have designed, built, and implemented new automated eligibility systems.  This technological improvement occurred while the majority of states had statewide waivers from the three-month limit and thus no need to track individual months in order to apply the three-month limit.  Some states may not yet have programmed their systems to operationalize the time-limit rules.
Ensuring That No One Inadvertently Loses Benefits

Our estimate that 500,000 to 1 million people will lose food assistance could be too low if states do not properly identify individuals who are not subject to the time limit.  When the three-month limit again takes widespread effect, states are supposed to assess each childless adult to determine whether an exemption applies, in order to ensure that people who are unable to work continue to qualify for SNAP.  If states fail to do so accurately, some individuals could lose food assistance inappropriately.

For example, states may not always provide adequate guidance for caseworkers to identify people with temporary disabling injuries or mental illness who are unable to work for a period of time and thus are supposed to be exempt.  Many SNAP participants are unaware that temporary disabling injuries can qualify someone for an exemption.

The challenges involved in implementing the three-month limit require state administrative resources.  There is risk that some under-resourced SNAP agencies may inadvertently allow some childless adults to fall through the cracks.
Designing Training Programs That Allow People to Retain SNAP Eligibility

While states are not required to provide a training opportunity or connection to a job, some states use a portion of their SNAP employment and training (E&T) programs to provide activities that enable some individuals to continue to receive benefits.  Only a limited number of work-related activities, however, count toward the 20-hour-per-week requirement.  One activity that does not count is job search — states’ most common and least expensive type of SNAP E&T activity, which requires an individual to apply for a designated number of jobs within a specified time period.[20] 
Congress Could Avert or Reduce Potential Harm from Three-Month Limit

The three-month limit for childless nondisabled adults is one of the most severe eligibility restrictions in SNAP.  One effective way policymakers could moderate hunger and hardship among low-income people is by altering the three-month rule so it truly functions as the work requirement its proponents often mistakenly portray it as being — that is, as a work requirement that tests an individual’s willingness to work by offering an appropriate job or a position in a work or training program or requiring job search.  Such an approach requires a state to offer a job or training position or other work activity, or to require job search, for all nondisabled childless adults subject to the limit.[21]  Those who fail to comply lose their benefits.  Those who comply do not.  Members of both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would shift the SNAP time limit to a true work requirement.[22]  Unfortunately, these bills are unlikely to be enacted in 2016.

Other potential changes could mitigate the rule’s harshness by being more realistic about this population’s employment prospects.  For example, the time limit could be increased from three to six months, reflecting the fact that the typical duration of state unemployment benefits is six months.  This would give unemployed individuals a more realistic amount of time to find 20 hours a week or more of employment.  In both 2002 and 2008, the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to extend the limit to six months.[23]

Still another improvement would be to expand the kinds of allowable work activities, and in particular, to include job search.  Modestly increasing the funding for SNAP E&T also could help states provide more work activities and opportunities for the indigent individuals subject to the time limit.
Conclusion

The return of the three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed, nondisabled childless adults will have far-reaching impacts on low-income SNAP participants.  The loss of benefits will likely increase hardship for at least 500,000 unemployed Americans who rely upon SNAP to meet their basic nutritional needs.  With Congress unlikely to act, states need to begin planning for the reduction to ensure that clients and the many organizations and SNAP stakeholders that work with them are aware of the upcoming change and its effects.
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End Notes

[1] The 19 states that must reimpose the time limit in 2016 because parts of the state no longer qualify for a waiver are:  Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington.  The three states that are choosing to reimpose the time limit in some or all of the state in 2016 even though the state qualifies for a statewide waiver are: Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Seven states (California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Rhode Island) and Washington, D.C., Guam, and the Virgin Islands are eligible for statewide waivers and will waive the entire state from the limit.  Louisiana re-implemented the time limit in October 2015 under then-Governor Bobby Jindal.  Current Governor John Bel Edwards requested and received a statewide waiver prior to the state having to terminate benefits to the group subject to the time limit.  All other states implemented the time limit prior to 2016 either because they lost eligibility for a statewide waiver or because they chose to implement the time limit.

[2] The estimate assumes that the share of SNAP participants who are unemployed childless adults will return to pre-recession levels by the end of 2016, taking into account the scope of waivers in the states and the experience in states that already have re-implemented the time limit.  This estimate has been revised to account for areas with approved waivers for 2016 and for the experiences in the states that already have re-implemented the time limit.  The estimate is for the states that are re-implementing the time limit in 2016.  It would be larger if we included the individuals who have lost benefits already in states that re-implemented earlier and those who will lose in the future in states that continue to qualify for statewide waivers in 2016.

[3] These statistics are based on 2014 SNAP administrative data from USDA, and are for the group of individuals most likely to lose benefits due to the time limit: adults aged 18-49 in childless SNAP households who are not identified as disabled and who are not earning the monthly equivalent of the federal minimum wage for at least 20 hours a week.

[4] The statistic on metropolitan status is based on CBPP calculations of March 2015 Current Population Survey (CPS) data for adults aged 18-49, with no children in the household, who are not receiving disability benefits and who do not report working more than 20 hours a week; both the source and the definition are different from the other statistics cited.

[5] There are certain other exemptions from the time limit as well, including for pregnant individuals or those exempt from general SNAP work requirements.  For more information, see www.fns.usda.gov/snap/able-bodied-adults-without-dependents-abawds.

[6] President William Clinton, Statement on Signing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, August 22, 1996, http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=53219.

[7] The number of hours of workfare required to maintain benefits is equivalent to the household’s SNAP allotment divided by the minimum wage.

[8] Job search can only count towards the 20-hour requirement if it is funded by either the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) or makes up less than half of a more comprehensive SNAP Employment & Training program.  Most job search activities for SNAP participants are stand-alone programs administered by the state human services agency, however, and are not funded through WIOA or TAA — and hence don’t count toward the 20-hour requirement.

[9]Congressional Record, July 18, 1996, The Welfare and Medicaid Reform Act of 1996, House of Representatives, p. H7905, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r104:2:./temp/~r104TcVs1H:e1119069.

[10] Delaware, Texas, and Wisconsin impose the three-month limit statewide.  The other states have said they will provide a qualifying work slot to individuals subject to the time limit in the areas of the state where the time limit is in effect in 2016.

[11] States can receive additional SNAP employment and training funds beyond their share of this $79 million if they match the additional federal funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis with state funds.  Few states, however, use a substantial amount of SNAP employment and training funds to provide work or training program positions to individuals subject to the three-month cut-off.  

[12] Nearly every state has qualified for a statewide waiver during the recession and recovery based on longstanding regulations that allow states that qualify for Extended Benefits in the unemployment insurance program to qualify for a statewide waiver in SNAP.  The Bush Administration clarified in 2008 that states that qualified for the temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program passed by Congress in 2008, and extended through 2013, would also qualify for a statewide waiver from the SNAP time limit.  A separate provision of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) temporarily suspended the time limit in all states from April 2009 through September 2010, but nearly every state would have qualified for a statewide waiver at some point during this period based on high unemployment without this provision. 

[13] Here we use the distribution of the overall population as a proxy for the distribution of poor nondisabled childless adults receiving SNAP because SNAP administrative data don’t identify these individuals by state and county.

[14] These states are shown for illustrative purposes.  The experience of states that have implemented the time limit has varied in terms of the effects on caseloads.  The extent of the time limit coverage, implementation choices, states’ employment and training offerings and underlying work requirements, whether the state is able to implement in a timely fashion, and other factors affecting caseloads such as economic factors all influence the observed impact from time limit implementation.

[15] These statistics are based on 2014 SNAP administrative data from USDA, and are for the group of individuals most likely to lose benefits due to the time limit: adults aged 18-49 in childless SNAP households who are not identified as disabled and who are not earning the monthly equivalent of the federal minimum wage for at least 20 hours a week.

[16] Liz Schott and Misha Hill, “State General Assistance Programs Are Weakening Despite Increased Need,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 9, 2015, http://www.cbpp.org/research/family-income-support/state-general-assistance-programs-are-weakening-despite-increased.

[17] “Food Stamp Employment and Training Program,” United States General Accounting Office (GAO—3-388), March 2003, p. 17.

[18] This is the 2015 average through November and is for the population aged 25 and up (used for educational attainment statistics).  Bureau of Labor Statistics.

[19] Rob Dent, et al., “How Attached to the Labor Market Are the Long-Term Unemployed?” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, November 18, 2014, http://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2014/11/how-attached-to-the-labor-market-are-the-long-term-unemployed.html#.VoqWBfkrKUl.

[20] Job search can only count towards the 20-hour requirement if it is funded by either the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) or makes up less than half of a more comprehensive SNAP Employment & Training program.  Most job search activities for SNAP participants are stand-alone programs administered by the state human services agency, however, and are not funded through WIOA or TAA — and hence don’t count toward the 20-hour requirement.

[21] States have the option to “pledge” to offer a qualifying activity to everyone subject to the time limit.  States that do so receive modest additional federal funding.  However, only Colorado, Delaware, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin have made this pledge for 2016.

[22] H.R. 1025, introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott, and S. 2420, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal, would not permit states to terminate food assistance to anyone under this provision without offering the individual an opportunity to participate in a work or job training slot.

The Shutdown Could Cause 46 Million Americans to Go Hungry

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/government-shutdown-poor-people-food-stamps

On October 1, if Congress fails to pass a budget to keep the government running, some 46 million low-income Americans will lose out on billions of dollars in federal food assistance benefits.

The ongoing fight over a budget provision to block Planned Parenthood funding for one year has cast doubt on future short-term funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once known as food stamps. (On Thursday, the Senate halted Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and it appears a vote on a clean budget bill is approaching.) Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, told the Huffington Post this week that Democrats concerned about food stamp funding should support the GOP's resolution to keep the government running and gut Planned Parenthood.

The US Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program, warned state agencies in a letter on September 18 to hold off distributing funds to Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for October "until further notice," potentially delaying grocery money for millions of Americans.

Two years ago, when the government shut down for 16 days, the USDA kept benefits flowing to families thanks to contingency reserves from the 2009 stimulus bill. But those funds have since been depleted. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told Politico that, after a conversation with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, it was clear that "there is not enough money in the SNAP contingency fund to prevent millions of Americans from going hungry should the government shutdown on Oct. 1."

But just how would the loss of food stamp benefits affect SNAP beneficiaries? Well, last year, the federal government invested $76 billion on the food stamp program. More than 90 percent of it went toward providing benefits to families below the poverty line. To put that in perspective, of the 22.7 million households participating in the program in the fiscal year 2014-2015, the average household received almost $256 dollars each month in benefits, or $126 per person.


This next post was back in 2012

The coming EBT riots: What will happen when government entitlements stop?

http://www.naturalnews.com/038007_EBT_cards_entitlements_riots.html#


NaturalNews) EBT cards are modern-day food stamps, except they're electronic. In essence, they are government-issued debit cards that allow recipients to spend taxpayer money for their own groceries. But EBT cards aren't merely good on food staples like beans and rice, they can be spent on processed junk food that promotes diabetes and obesity. That's the "dirty little secret" of the EBT scheme: It encourages low-income Americans to become high-profit customers of the pharmaceutical industry by eating their way to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

That's why the food industry loves EBT cards, too: Most EBT users are low-education consumers who understand virtually nothing about nutrition. They tend to buy the most nutritionally-depleted processed foods available, and that equates to high-profit foods for the processed food industry. (The highest-profit foods are the ones with the least nutrition, it turns out.)

EBT stands for "Electronic Benefit Transfer," and it means transferring money from the pockets of working taxpayers into the hands of those who, for one reason or another, are either not working at all or are living below the poverty requirements set by the government. This transference is done at gunpoint, essentially, through the enforcement of federal tax collection. EBT benefits have more than doubled during the Obama administration's last four years, creating tens of millions of new dependents who now vote based almost entirely on who gives them the most handouts.



The purchase of vitamins is specifically prohibited by the EBT program. This is done as a way to keep EBT recipients sick and diseased while suffering from nutritional deficiencies, which is precisely what the federal government wants.

EBT cards are also a form of corporate welfare
EBT cards create high-profit handouts to corporations, too: Pharmaceutical companies and the sick-care industry; Big Government which gets re-elected based on entitlement handouts; global banks which earn a percentage off every swipe; and even the processed junk food industry which preys upon nutritional ignorance of the poor.

In fact, for every dollar's worth of food handed out to EBT recipients under the program, at least 50 cents is driven right into the profit coffers of wealthy corporations. That's why EBT programs are allowed to exist: Not because they benefit the poor, but because they benefit the rich! Do you have any idea how much profit there is in a package of Oreo cookies?

The "EBT culture" of dependence, poverty and ignorance is perhaps best shown in the now-famous YouTube music video "My EBT". There, a rapper brags about how he's using taxpayer money to buy Oreos, chips, sandwiches, breakfast cereals, McDonald's food and more. He sings about how he wishes he could use it to buy weed.

This article, however, isn't about how welfare creates long-term dependence and poverty while destroying the dignity of many who come to depend on it. Rather, it's about what's going to happen when the EBT card system goes down and stays down.

EBT food stamp systems goes down for hours across multiple states
Yesterday, the EBT card system, which is managed by JP Morgan Chase, suffered a six-hour outage across ten states.

Wal-Mart, one of the favorite destinations of EBT card users, proceeded to run transactions manually and then batched them into the JP Morgan Chase processing system once the system came back online. But elsewhere, stores were met with growing frustration from EBT card holders who were angry that their government money cards suddenly stopped working.

In this case, the EBT outage only lasted less than one day. But given that they are tied into a globalist bank which looks almost certain to fail once the global debt collapse unfolds, the question of the day is this: What's going to happen when the bank running all the EBT transactions goes belly up?

What happens when the free EBT money stops?
Remember how Obama supporters threatened to riot in the streets if Romney won the recent presidential election? There's a huge class of Americans who have become so dependent on the system of government handouts that they have no ability to survive any other way. These people will riot when the free money is cut off.

As Ron Paul explained in his recent farewell speech, the entitlements must sooner or later come to an end:

The wealth we see today is based on debt and a foolish willingness on the part of foreigners to take our dollars for goods and services. They then loan them back to us to perpetuate our debt system. It's amazing that it has worked for this long but the impasse in Washington, in solving our problems indicate that many are starting to understand the seriousness of the world -wide debt crisis and the dangers we face. The longer this process continues the harsher the outcome will be.

Many are now acknowledging that a financial crisis looms but few understand it's, in reality, a moral crisis. It's the moral crisis that has allowed our liberties to be undermined and permits the exponential growth of illegal government power. Without a clear understanding of the nature of the crisis it will be difficult to prevent a steady march toward tyranny and the poverty that will accompany it.

EBT card users are almost universally incapable of understanding the complex economics Ron Paul is describing. All they understand is that their next meal comes from a piece of plastic that "counts as money" at the local corner store. They do not grasp the long-term vulnerability of that system and how it is tied into a global debt scheme whose days are numbered. Furthermore, EBT card users almost universally have no backup plan. They live meal by meal, with no financial safety net, no financial planning, and absolutely zero savings. In fact, having any real savings disqualifies you from receiving an EBT card, which is another way that Big Government actually encourages financial dependence among EBT card recipients.


The EBT false flag riots
Why is all this important to understand? Because on the day the EBT cards are shut off, there will be mass riots of EBT card recipients who are suddenly thrust into an emergency.

In fact, shutting off the EBT cards is actually one way to initiate a false flag event in America. It works like this:

1) Purposely shut off all EBT cards. (Takes just two seconds at JP Morgan.)

2) Blame it on a cyber terrorist attack and use the crisis to institute harsh new police state controls over the internet. ("Never let a good crisis go to waste...")

3) Allow the "EBT riots" to unfold. Keep the National Guard away for long enough to let things get out of control and have scary footage broadcast on the evening news.

4) Once things are bad enough, announce Martial Law and bring in the troops to turn America's streets into a Nazi-style police state surveillance and enforcement system, complete with TSA-run checkpoints on all major roads.

What's required to make this happen? Nothing more than turning off the EBT cards for 72 hours. That's it! It's just a single change to a single line of code at JP Morgan Chase, and it's mission accomplished for the globalists.

Yesterday's EBT outage, in fact, may have been a practice run for the real thing. When the globalists want riots to unfold, they now have the tool to make it happen.

Long term: All entitlements will be cut off or made worthless through currency debasement
The question of disappearing entitlements isn't just an EBT card issue, by the way. The coming financial collapse of the U.S. government will end all entitlements, including social security, Medicare and federal workers' retirement pension payments.

That's the real kicker in all this: In a society where 50% or so are now largely dependent on the federal government for their very survival, the fact that the government is headed into a multi-trillion-dollar debt blowout should raise red alerts everywhere.

Obama has put the USA on a collision course with a debt implosion, adding more to the U.S. debt in the last four years than all the Presidents in the history of America -- combined! And with government spending continuing to expand beyond all sanity, there is no stopping the coming debt blowout.


As you can see from the chart, we are now in a hyperbolic final blowout of debt that can only lead to a total economic implosion. Over the next four years, this chart will get even more insane as Obama spends trillions of dollars of money we don't have, further accelerating America's head-on collision with the financial apocalypse.

When that happens, all federal benefits immediately cease. If you thought the idea of tens of millions of angry EBT debt card users was bad, just consider what happens when all the former federal employees don't get their pension funds anymore. Or if social security checks are eroded down to the point where they are essentially worthless. That's when you're going to see real social unrest across America, and that day is a finite number of weeks away. It will arrive as sure as the sun comes up, and when it does arrive, there's going to be unprecedented chaos in the streets as all the suckers who lived their lives dependent on the federal government suddenly come to find out the whole thing was a Ponzi scheme.

Yep: A Ponzi scheme. The U.S. government is running the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, and just like every Ponzi scheme that has ever existed, it will sooner or later collapse. When that day comes, you will want to make sure you have stored food, water, silver coins, ammo, emergency medicine and all the usual preparedness supplies.

And be prepared to defend your supplies from those who refused to prepare. Because if there's one thing that EBT cards have taught tens of millions of America, it's that "YOUR stuff belongs to THEM!"

Economic Collapse Is Erupting All Over The Planet As Global Leaders Begin To Panic
By Michael Snyder, on April 10th, 2016

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/economic-collapse-is-erupting-all-over-the-planet-as-global-leaders-begin-to-panic

Mainstream news outlets are already starting to use the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is going on in some areas of our world right now.  For many Americans this may seem a bit strange, but the truth is that the worldwide economic slowdown that began during the second half of last year is starting to get a lot worse.  In this article, we are going to examine evidence of this from South America, Europe, Asia and North America.  Once we are done, it should be obvious that there is absolutely no reason to be optimistic about the direction of the global economy right now.  The warnings of so many prominent experts are now becoming a reality, and what we have witnessed so far are just the early chapters of a crushing economic crisis that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire world.

Let’s start with Brazil.  It has the 7th largest economy on the entire planet, and it is already enduring its worst recession in 25 years.  In fact, at the end of last year Goldman Sachs said that what was going on down there was actually a “depression“.

But now the crisis in Brazil has escalated significantly.

I want to share with you an excerpt from a recent article entitled “Brazil: Economic collapse worse than feared“.  I know, that title sounds like it comes directly from The Economic Collapse Blog, but I didn’t write it.

It actually comes from CNN…

    Amid political chaos, Brazil’s economic collapse is worse than its government once believed.

    In the midst of rising calls to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s central bank announced Thursday that it now expects the country’s economy to shrink 3.5% this year.

    That’s worse than the central bank’s previous estimate for a 1.9% contraction. The darker forecast matches what the International Monetary Fund projected for Brazil — Latin America’s largest country — and what many independent economists have suspected.

It is one thing for Michael Snyder to tell you that Brazil is in the midst of “economic collapse”, but it is another thing entirely for CNN to say it.

And of course I have been warning about the crisis down in Brazil for quite some time now.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “The Economic Collapse Of South America Is Well Underway“.

Meanwhile, things are actually much worse in Venezuela than they are in Brazil.  Food and basic supplies are in short supply, the inflation rate has hit 720 percent, and crime is completely out of control.

The following is from an article in the Independent entitled “Venezuela is on the brink of complete economic collapse“…

    The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first.

    The key word there is “completely.” Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it’s hard to see that getting any better for them any time soon — or ever.

    Incumbents, after all, don’t tend to do too well when, according to the International Monetary Fund, their economy shrinks 10 percent one year, an additional 6 percent the next, and inflation explodes to 720 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that markets expect Venezuela to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt.

Once again we see a very respected mainstream publication using the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is happening in South America.

You can find some stunning video of the “economic Armageddon” that is taking place in Venezuela right here.  I would encourage you to watch that video, because what is happening down there will eventually be happening here.

Meanwhile, over in Europe the collapse of the Italian banking system has entered a disturbing new chapter.  Italy’s finance minister has called a meeting in Rome for Monday that will be focusing on a “last resort” bailout plan for the troubled banks…

    Finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan has called a meeting in Rome on Monday with executives from Italy’s largest financial institutions to agree final details of a “last resort” bailout plan.

    Yet on the eve of that gathering, concerns remain as to whether the plan will be sufficient to ringfence the weakest of Italy’s large banks, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, from contagion, according to people involved in the talks.

    Italian bank shares have lost almost half their value so far this year amid investor worries over a €360bn pile of non-performing loans — equivalent to about a fifth of GDP. Lenders’ profitability has been hit by a crippling three-year recession.

As Italy descends into financial chaos, the rest of the continent better be paying attention.

Do you remember how hard it was for the rest of Europe to rescue Greece?

Well, Greece has the 44th largest economy on the planet.

Italy has the 8th.

It would be hard to overstate the seriousness of what is going on over in Europe, and it is not just Italy we are talking about.  All over the continent major banks are in deep trouble, and the chairman of France’s second largest  retail bank recently told reporters that “I am much more worried than I was in 2009“.

And there is very good reason for concern.  On Sunday, we learned that a major “bail-in” had just been announced for one of Austria’s most prominent banks.  The following comes from Zero Hedge…

    And then today, following a decision by the Austrian Banking Regulator, the Finanzmarktaufsicht or Financial Market Authority, Austria officially became the first European country to use a new law under the framework imposed by Bank the European Recovery and Resolution Directive to share losses of a failed bank with senior creditors as it slashed the value of debt owed by Heta Asset Resolution AG.

    The highlights from the announcement:

    Today, the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) in its function as the resolution authority pursuant to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Act (BaSAG – Bundesgesetz über die Sanierung und Abwicklung von Banken) has issued the key features for the further steps for the resolution of HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG. The most significant measures are:

        a 100% bail-in for all subordinated liabilities,
        a 53.98% bail-in, resulting in a 46.02% quota, for all eligible preferential liabilities,
        the cancellation of all interest payments from 01.03.2015, when HETA was placed into resolution pursuant to BaSAG,
        as well as a harmonisation of the maturities of all eligible liabilities to 31.12.2023.

    According to the current resolution plan for HETA, the wind-down process should be concluded by 2020, although the repayment of all claims as well as the legally binding conclusion of all currently outstanding legal disputes will realistically only be concluded by the end of 2023. Only at that point will it be possible to finally distribute the assets and to liquidate the company.

The dominoes are starting to fall in Europe, and I would expect even bigger announcements in the weeks and months to come.

Over in Asia, economic chaos is beginning to prevail as well.

In China, the stock market is already down more than 40 percent from the peak, Chinese exports were down 25.4 percent on a year over year basis in February, and Chinese economic numbers overall have not been this poor since the depths of the last global recession.

At the same time, the Japanese economy is really struggling right now.  As I wrote about the other day, Japanese GDP has shrunk for two out of the last three quarters, we just saw Japanese industrial production experience the biggest one month decline that we have witnessed since the tsunami of 2011, and business sentiment has fallen to a three year low.  The Nikkei has dropped by about 5,000 points from where it was last summer, and some analysts believe that Japanese markets “are being destroyed” due to massive intervention by the Bank of Japan.

Here in the United States, we haven’t been hit quite as hard as the rest of the world just yet, but there are lots of very disturbing warning signs all around us.

At the end of last week, we learned that it is being projected that U.S. GDP will have grown by just 0.1 or 0.2 percent during the first quarter of 2016.  And on Monday corporate earnings reporting season begins, and it is expected to be a very, very bad one.  The following comes from Business Insider…

    We are about to get confirmation that earnings growth for America’s biggest companies was negative in the first quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.

    When aluminum giant Alcoa releases its results on Monday, it will mark the unofficial start of the heaviest reporting season for S&P 500 companies.

    The final scoreboard is expected to show a 9.1% earnings drop for the quarter, according to FactSet senior earnings analyst John Butters.

If these projections turn out to be accurate, it will be the fourth quarter in a row of earnings declines.  This is something that we never see outside of a recession.

And for a whole bunch more numbers which indicate that the U.S. economy is in very serious trouble, please see my previous article entitled “19 Facts That Prove Things In America Are Worse Than They Were Six Months Ago“.

Of course I am just another voice in the crowd when it comes to predicting that the U.S. economy is headed for rough times.  For example, just check out what Societe Generale economist Albert Edwards is saying…

    A tidal wave is coming to the US economy, according to Albert Edwards, and when it crashes it’s going to throw the economy into recession.

    …the profit recession facing American corporations is going to lead to a collapse in corporate credit.

    “Despite risk assets enjoying a few weeks in the sun our fail-safe recession indicator has stopped flashing amber and turned to red”

    …

    He continued:

    Whole economy profits never normally fall this deeply without a recession unfolding. And with the US corporate sector up to its eyes in debt, the one asset class to be avoided — even more so than the ridiculously overvalued equity market — is US corporate debt. The economy will surely be swept away by a tidal wave of corporate default.

As you can see, it isn’t just one nation or one region of the world that we need to be concerned about.

Economic chaos is erupting literally all over the planet, and global leaders are starting to panic.

Unfortunately, they have had seven years to try to fix things since the last global recession, and they didn’t get the job done.  Anyone that believes that by some miracle they will be able to pull us out of the fire this time and that everything will somehow be okay is simply engaged in wishful thinking.

Thousands Will Lose SNAP Benefits April 1


http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-03-14/hunger-food-nutrition/thousands-will-lose-snap-benefits-april-1/a50822-1


12,000 Arkansas able bodies adults will be cut off from the federal food stamp program on April 1st, and food pantries say they aren't ready. (dhhs.ne.gov)
March 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The state estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will lose their food assistance benefits on April 1 because of reinstated work requirements.

Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will now be limited to three months for able-bodied, childless adults from ages 18 to 49 if they aren't employed, in school or participating in a volunteer or job training program.

Tomiko Townley, SNAP and older adult outreach manager with Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, says those with jobs have to work at least 20 hours a week in order to qualify for SNAP, but she says that's often easier said than done.

"Their employer isn't able to offer them more hours,” she points out. “Or they have other responsibilities – nieces, nephews, they're sharing responsibility for, or there could be a plethora of reasons, including mental and physical challenges that limit their ability to work."

The limits were actually put into place in 1996, but states with high unemployment got waivers, Arkansas included. And while some Arkansas counties still qualify for the waiver, the state chose not to ask for it.

Townley says her agency is spreading the word to food pantries that they may see an increase in people needing help.

Ed Bolen, a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says the lost benefits can hit those who need it the most.

"Because the rule is you have to be working more than 20 hours a week to keep your benefits,” he explains. “So, if you have 3 shifts, 18 hours of work a week on average, if you can't get a couple of extra hours, you actually lose food assistance right at the time you're trying to work to make ends meet."

Bolen says states should provide job training assistance, but most don't because it's too expensive.

Townley says only a handful of counties in Arkansas offer job training for people who need SNAP benefits.

"We know that nationally this population on average are the poorest of the poor,” she states. “They are not the highest educated population, they are probably high school or equivalent or lower, which means that job skills are also fairly low."

According to the latest census figures, Arkansas is tied with Mississippi as the most food insecure state in the nation with 19.2 percent of residents having an insufficient amount of food sometime in the last 12 months.

Tell me nothing started or happened in April? It will only get worse. Mark my words the lords heavy hand  has been on me the last 48 hours about the NOW, move NOW, Do NOW, Prepare NOW, The post below few reads, and thus I will re- post it with this long post as you will see the lord is warning us, PLEASE take head and be prudent OK. NO Fear. 






I Have Foreseen The Internet Is Going Down And More ASAP!!!!!Spiritual 911

Saturday, January 30, 2016


http://truthandmercyministries.blogspot.com/2016/01/i-have-foreseen-internet-is-going-down.html


This has had very few reads, I find it strange for in this 2016 Prophecy there are many things that have come to pass, and are as I am writing today, April 11, 2016

One thing that stands out in this Prophecy in late Jan 2016, the lord said, it has stated , this was before the terrorist attack in Brussels, and many other events, so take heed, be prudent, download this, copy paste it, it is the urgent word of the lord, thus I must re post it.

 I Have Foreseen The Internet Is Going Down And More ASAP!!!!!Spiritual 911
ANYTIME-ANY DAY!!!!!!!

Pro 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished

Pro 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Foreseeth-Hebrew:

BDB:

H7200
ראה
râ'âh
BDB Definition:
1) to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to see
1a2) to see, perceive
1a3) to see, have vision
1a4) to look at, see, regard, look after, see after, learn about, observe, watch, look upon, look out, find out
1a5) to see, observe, consider, look at, give attention to, discern, distinguish


We see what this clearly means in the Hebrew, the prudent can, and tonight I did. I was in prayer and the lord spoke to my heart in a foresight, also as I posted before, basic history repeating. This is what I was given and what I see in a Prudent Spirit, the facts, and History all in one.

This is alarming, it is serious, it is a true mega 911, so read on and understand. NOTE: Saved or not, this is alarming. David Wilkerson in his last Prophecy said ,”This will make(What is coming) the most Godliest among us tremble”. So, please no mega, false faith , no false hope, no fear, but all will at first tremble, after, we will quickly gain our composure, and engage in holy battle.

First, In a post on 1-26-16 posted at 2:06 am.

http://truthandmercyministries.blogspot.com/2016/01/history-repeats-we-have-never-seen-such.html


The message was how we learn from history and no Prophet was needed to see that the 'Second American Revolutions' was at the door. The same day later in the day -

Jan. 26: Oregon State Police and the FBI confront protest leaders on their way to a meeting, about 20 miles north of the Burns, leaving one dead and taking five into custody. Two others are arrested in separate incidents.

This is not over, it has just started, we now have a patriot martyr Lavoy Finicum- a rancher and father of 11. His daughter saw all, and said he came out of the car with his hands up, no weapon, and was shot dead with multiple bullets from the FED's. The Network News, I have seen, tells a different story, and it is a lie. I do not endorse what, and how, these men did what they did, but this set up will ignite the revolution. This was a history observation, and it was posted hours before the event, see the link to the post I gave above.

That is point one, and it is history, facts, connect the dots, more of this and foresight is coming, read on.

Point two;
I was on you tube watching live feeds, many were cut off, over and over, it was non stop. This shows my point. They have an internet kill switch, also the military just launched a satellite, that is a global firewall, to stop the supposed, one million cyber attacks a week, or day I forget, this global fire wall, a new weapon, can shut down the internet, anytime, any-where any day.

Alternative news has caused a great wake up to many truths, and many crazy conspiracy's. TPTB are now, yes right now, making big moves, and they will not allow the internet, YouTube-Facebook, Twitter, and more, to be up and running as they make their moves, thus the internet will go down all over, anytime, any day.

Be ready for an internet black out anytime. I have spoken on this for five years, and it is now going to happen.

Ww3, the Economic collapse, will happen much faster than most think, any day, any month, very soon. This I clearly see.

I was in prayer, the lord said,” It has began, all I have been telling you, warning by bride by my watchmen and women, it is now all going to happen, anytime, any day”.

I plead all to be ready and prudent, do what you can, put food and water away, be in serious prayer. This is not fear mongering, if you think so, I am sorry, I am giving you what I was given by the lord, and what I see by history, and a prudent foresight on these matters. It could be any day, or in Feb-March-April? It is in 2016, and it is very soon.

It is at the door, it is coming like a massive global storm, many are in the know, and have been looking to see when, the when is on us NOW. Mark this date 1-30-2016, you will see these things happen, anytime, any-day. It has ALL began, NOW. Wake up, and get born again now, time is running out.

My last point;

Most are unaware of anything, many will be caught unaware, you will not be raptured out of the collapse of the West, and other parts, this is still the birth pains.

This is a 911 wake up call, to those that have eyes to see and ears to hear, hear and understand what the lord is saying. It is NOW, all going to start to happen, ALL.
Anytime, Any Day, behold it is done, the writing is on the wall, it has began.

We Christians must now engage in Spiritual Battle, we must be diligent in prayer and feed on the word, look to the lord, look to his provision, grace and power, this is the biggest storm in history, and this storm has started now. I ask you, please pray, read the word, tell others about Jesus, do not stop, after the dust settles, after the destruction's come, a great awakening will take place in many places, and many will be open to hear you tell them about the gospel, so be ready in season and out of season.

The out of season will soon be on us, many hearts will become cold, do not let this happen to you, it will seem inconvenient, and it will be, no one will be able to be trusted, it will take the small still voice, discernment and protection.

It will take the power of the lord to fulfill our duty, be ready. It is time to do spiritual battle as never before. We must be strong in the lord and the power of His might.




I end with Spurgeon's Devotion Today.

January 30-Spurgeon's Devotion. May This Be How We As Christians Face This Day And Age And This Coming Crises.

Morning
“When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, then thou shalt bestir thyself.”
- 2Sa_5:24

The members of Christ’s Church should be very prayerful, always seeking the unction of the Holy One to rest upon their hearts, that the kingdom of Christ may come, and that his “will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven;” but there are times when God seems especially to favour Zion, such seasons ought to be to them like “the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” We ought then to be doubly prayerful, doubly earnest, wrestling more at the throne than we have been wont to do.

Action should then be prompt and vigorous. The tide is flowing-now let us pull manfully for the shore. O for Pentecostal outpourings and Pentecostal labours. Christian, in yourself there are times “when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” You have a peculiar power in prayer; the Spirit of God gives you joy and gladness; the Scripture is open to you; the promises are applied; you walk in the light of God’s countenance; you have peculiar freedom and liberty in devotion, and more closeness of communion with Christ than was your wont.


Now, at such joyous periods when you hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees,” is the time to bestir yourself; now is the time to get rid of any evil habit, while God the Spirit helpeth your infirmities. Spread your sail; but remember what you sometimes sing-
“I can only spread the sail;
Thou! Thou! must breathe the auspicious gale.”
Only be sure you have the sail up. Do not miss the gale for want of preparation for it. Seek help of God, that you may be more earnest in duty when made more strong in faith; that you may be more constant in prayer when you have more liberty at the throne; that you may be more holy in your conversation whilst you live more closely with Christ.

The lord Jesus Christ be with you reader, it has started.













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