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The number of Americans collecting SNAP benefits topped 45 million last May — an astounding 18-million increase from October 2007 — the highest number since the program began in 1939 and the 37th consecutive monthly increase.

Naturally, costs for the SNAP program have exploded, spiking from billion in 2007 to billion now. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food stamp recipients receive an average monthly benefit of 4 per person or 0 per household.

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…..item 1)…. website … brianekoenig.com … Michigan Considers Food Stamp Recipients’ Assets in Anti-fraud Test

BY BRIAN KOENIG – OCTOBER 21, 2011
POSTED IN: NEWS

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In moving to combat in-state welfare fraud, Michigan is requiring food stamp recipients to provide information on their assets to determine whether they should continue to qualify for benefits. Under the new rules launched earlier this month, current recipients are obligated to report the values on their homes, vehicles, stocks, bonds, and even lottery winnings. Residents with ,000 in liquid assets or driving a vehicle worth over ,000 may no longer qualify for benefits. So far, the state has identified about 15,000 people who could lose their food stamp benefits.

Although the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly known as food stamps — is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states distribute the benefits and have the authority to make certain decisions on eligibility. (In Michigan, the program is called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, [FAP — Food Assistance Program] and is administered by the Department of Human Services [DHS], which has offices in every county of Michigan.) Michigan’s policy change is a shift from the trend for states to request information only on recipients’ income. Texas and Indiana are among other states that consider assets, while Oregon and New York are among those who check only income when determining eligibility for the program. As the U.S. economy has continued to decay, eligibility requirements for food stamps have loosened, with 35 states now having abolished asset tests for food stamp recipients.

Brian Rooney, Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, says that in order to save taxpayers’ dollars and provide benefits to only those who sincerely need them, the state wants to weed out people who are gaming the system. He admonished welfare recipients, “If you’re driving an Escalade, maybe it’s time to find a car that better fits your current economic situation.”

The number of Americans collecting SNAP benefits topped 45 million last May — an astounding 18-million increase from October 2007 — the highest number since the program began in 1939 and the 37th consecutive monthly increase. Naturally, costs for the SNAP program have exploded, spiking from billion in 2007 to billion now. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food stamp recipients receive an average monthly benefit of 4 per person or 0 per household.

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…..item 2)…. The New American … thenewamerican.com … Michigan Considers Food Stamp Recipients’ Assets in Anti-fraud Test| Print |

WRITTEN BY BRIAN KOENIG
FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2011 16:59

In moving to combat in-state welfare fraud, Michigan is requiring food stamp recipients to provide information on their assets to determine whether they should continue to qualify for benefits. Under the new rules launched earlier this month, current recipients are obligated to report the values on their homes, vehicles, stocks, bonds, and even lottery winnings. Residents with ,000 in liquid assets or driving a vehicle worth over ,000 may no longer qualify for benefits. So far, the state has identified about 15,000 people who could lose their food stamp benefits.

Although the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly known as food stamps — is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states distribute the benefits and have the authority to make certain decisions on eligibility. (In Michigan, the program is called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, [FAP — Food Assistance Program] and is administered by the Department of Human Services [DHS], which has offices in every county of Michigan.) Michigan’s policy change is a shift from the trend for states to request information only on recipients’ income. Texas and Indiana are among other states that consider assets, while Oregon and New York are among those who check only income when determining eligibility for the program. As the U.S. economy has continued to decay, eligibility requirements for food stamps have loosened, with 35 states now having abolished asset tests for food stamp recipients.

Brian Rooney, Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, says that in order to save taxpayers’ dollars and provide benefits to only those who sincerely need them, the state wants to weed out people who are gaming the system. He admonished welfare recipients, "If you’re driving an Escalade, maybe it’s time to find a car that better fits your current economic situation."

The number of Americans collecting SNAP benefits topped 45 million last May — an astounding 18-million increase from October 2007 — the highest number since the program began in 1939 and the 37th consecutive monthly increase. Naturally, costs for the SNAP program have exploded, spiking from billion in 2007 to billion now. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food stamp recipients receive an average monthly benefit of 4 per person or 0 per household.

Michigan’s new policy is veering off from the program’s intended purpose, complains Jennifer Brooks, a director at the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development. "Telling them they can’t have assets, you’re undermining the premise of the program, which is helping people create a personal safety net," she asserted. "A lot of these benefits go to people that were, a few years ago, solidly within the middle class and now need some help. It’s probably going to be temporary help."

But many SNAP recipients remain on food stamps for years and thousands others are, like Rooney said, "gaming" the system, as was the case of a Michigan man who won two million dollars from a state lottery late last spring and was still eligible for SNAP benefits. Fox News reported in May:

Leroy Fick of Bay County, Mich., said in an interview with WNEM-TV that he still uses his bridge card at stores despite winning a jackpot on "Make Me Rich!" last June.

"I even called them and asked about the bridge card and [the Department of Human Services] said you can go ahead and keep it if you want to," Fick reportedly told the station.

At the time, State Department of Human Services spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau told MyFoxDetroit.com that federal guidelines do not count lottery winnings as income if a person collects a lump-sum amount; the money is considered income only if the person receives ongoing payments. Fick’s lawyer, John Wilson, said his client had done nothing illegal. "He did call the state," Wilson told the Bay City Times in an interview. "Not to mention, the state knows he won. They issued the check."

So although such a scenario may seem blatantly fraudulent, skewed food stamp guidelines legally permitted Fick, with his two million dollar lottery winnings, to continue reaping money from his fellow taxpayers. Could this be why Michigan wants to require assets such as lottery winnings to determine eligibility?

Fraud in the SNAP program is widespread, as in 2009, the Office of Inspector General probed more than 2,600 food stamp complaints and discovered over five million dollars in fraudulent benefits. Much of the fraud stems from lax administration rules, which have become increasingly careless over the past couple of years. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has downsized to only 40 inspectors to oversee almost 200,000 businesses which accept food stamps. Further, the Government Accountability Office reported last year that retailers who illegally purchase stamps for cash "are less likely to face criminal penalties or prosecution" than in years past.

Such fraud has been rampant in Wisconsin where SNAP benefits are distributed on debit (Quest) cards, which may be used only to buy government-approved food items. But many recipients bypass the restrictions by selling their Quest cards for cash. Ratijah Harland told FOX6 that a Quest card with a 0 balance typically sells for . "Some people take the cash and get drugs and buy drinks and weed and everything," she said.

An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier this month found that "nearly 2,000 recipients claimed they lost their card six or more times in 2010 and requested replacements." But the Department of Agriculture requires that "lost" cards be promptly replaced. The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute came to the conclusion that "prosecutors have simply stopped prosecuting the vast majority of [food stamp] fraud cases in virtually all counties, including the one with the most recipients, Milwaukee."

The fact is, the Obama administration has been more supportive of inflating SNAP enrollment than implementing reforms to prevent corruption. Federally-funded campaigns by nonprofit organizations, the AmeriCorps service program, and other groups have encouraged people to cash in on government handouts — and abolishing policies which check recipients’ income has only exacerbated the problem.
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…..item 2)…. Cigar Company To Lay Off 250 In Jacksonville …

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By: Associated Press Email
Posted: Sun 5:50 PM, Sep 22, 2013

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Associated Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Swisher International will lay off 250 employees in Jacksonville as it moves some of its cigar-making production from the city to the Dominican Republic.

The Times-Union reports the company notified the employees on Friday that the layoffs will take place over the next 12 months. It follows 150 layoffs last year.

Company officials say that when excise taxes were increased on all tobacco products in 2009, Swisher had to raise its prices 35 percent to cover the hike.
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He said that there will be discussions between management and unions over severance packages.

Swisher already has a production facility in the Dominican Republic and has been increasing production there for several years. The company will still employ more than 500 employees in Jacksonville after the layoffs.
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— 07041776 07041776 • an hour ago −
Working people in poverty at record high…….in 23 states you can now live better on welfare than by working
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— Kaiser Sousa • 2 hours ago −
"Company officials say that when excise taxes were increased on all tobacco products in 2009, Swisher had to raise its prices 35 percent to cover the hike."

Believe that old 2009 reason as truth if it makes your Koolaid sweeter. Hello that was 4 effin years ago.
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— MaxKatt • 11 hours ago −
After years of hounding by the anti-smoking crowd and all the taxes heaped on their products to get people to stop buying their products, I’m amazed Swisher is still in business at all.
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H.M.S. Freeman Weed Cutter On Henderson Lake
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Image by Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
1915
Black and white copy print
Physical Condition Good
History/Biographical See P19760218053-Gp for further information on the Weed Cutter.
Acquisition Source City of Lethbridge

Four men stand on the H. M. S Freeman Weed Cutter at Henderson Lake’s dock.

To obtain high quality and larger reproductions of this image please visit the Galt Museum & Archives website: www.galtmuseum.com/archives.htm and include thIs number in your request:

19760219028

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