On Wednesday the USDA released a report showing that an “estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household member.” In Ohio, this number was even higher: 16.1 percent with low food security and 7.1 percent with very low food security.
Low food security in Ohio has risen 6.3 percent in the past decade, more than any other state, according to the Perry Tribune. In 2012, Ohio had the third worst food security in the country.
On Saturday the Kasich Administration announced their plan to help solve the problem: throw thousands of Ohioans off of food stamps.
According to the Dispatch, Kasich plans require “able-bodied” food stamp recipients to work 20 hours a week or lose their benefit, which averages about $132 per month.
County officials around the state admit there just aren’t enough jobs to go around and “thousands of Ohioans” will likely lose their benefits. They also claim that transportation and other costs associated with Kasich’s latest plan will end up costing counties even more money.
I’m guessing Kasich’s team did some polling and realized they are quickly losing support from their base over the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid. They must think they can win back some of that support by screwing over poor hungry people.
It will be interesting to see how Kasich uses the Bible to justify this move.
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