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  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 13, 2013

    Do you need an ID to obatain one of these cards?

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 12, 2013

    Why don't we just give them all soup, cra&%$@, (and I mean saltines - wral won't let me say the "C" word) and bottled water for lunch? Good nutrition and it would be inexpensive.

  • cushioncritter Feb 12, 2013

    Why aren't White House initiatives such as the "The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" being applied to food stamp recipients so they might only purchase healthy food items (as defined by "Let's Move" Michelle) with their EBT benefits, just like in a school cafeteria?


    'The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (P.L. 111-296): This groundbreaking piece of legislation was
    signed into law so all kids have healthier food in school and even more have access to a healthy lunch.
    The legislation gives the USDA the authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in
    schools during the school day, including vending machines, the “a la carte” lunch lines, and school stores.'

    This would also help the state budget as only "healthy" foods would be 2% sales tax, and unhealthy foods would become 6.75%. This would also drop future costs for Medicaid.

  • maybelle Feb 12, 2013

    I still want to know who the counties are that are not having problems.
    And I still feel you should file income tax every year to show your benefits. Even if you pay nothing on the benefits.
    47 years with DHHS Junkmail5- let me tell you about fraud and abuse of the system sometime

  • HeadsUp Feb 12, 2013

    If you think this is bad, wait until DHHS launches a new statewide Medicaid billing system this summer -- the same one that got hammered last year in a state audit for doubling in cost and falling two years behind schedule, and counting.

    Whoever thinks it will work well, raise your hand... Anyone?

  • junkmail5 Feb 12, 2013

    Why? The Feds tax both UE and SS benefits.

    Not quite...

    UE you have the OPTION to have taxes taken out or not (at least I did for the couple weeks I was on it several years ago).

    In theory you may or may not owe taxes by the end of the year depending how much you earn in total.

    SS they do NOT tax if you earn under 25k a year total (which is quite a lot of people on SS)

    In other words- if you're really poor, they do NOT tax either program.

    If you're on food stamps, you are by definition already really poor. Hence taxing them is incredibly dumb.

  • shortyhmb Feb 12, 2013

    Wayne County is delayed too. I was supposed to have re-certify began in Feb. I was told I may not get any food stamps until sometime in March. People had no warning about the change!!! It has really hurt most people and I am sure one pf those people since I can not find a job right now either.

  • aetius476 Feb 12, 2013

    "It should be mandatory that income taxes be filed on benefits. maybelle
    Re-read that until you realize how dumb an idea it is." - Junkmail5

    Why? The Feds tax both UE and SS benefits.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 12, 2013

    There is always glitches.Now it's your state income tax returns.They tell you to call a number about your amount between 8a-5p and the number is always busy...hmmm.?
    Looks like the high tech world of NC is not so advanced and reliable? all they care ABOUT IS PLAYING GAMES.

  • free2bme Feb 12, 2013

    Readme-- accountability is a good thing but being humane is greater. There will always be those that abuse any system. Unfortunately there is no perfect people unlike some think. But when has this country ever not took care of its own. It is not a babies fault that he or she was born into a bad situation. That baby still should be able to eat because it is not able to care for itself yet. I know many that received food stamps as children and now they are productive citizens. They were thankful that there was help for them when they needed. Dependency is a problem for sure for some but not all. But how do you pick and choose between the ones that are just being dependent and the ones that really need help getting up.

  • junkmail5 Feb 12, 2013

    The median spend for entitlements per home is $168/day. The median daily earnings for someone who works in NC is ~$154/day.- Whiskey4one

    And your source is....?

    I ask because the average food stamp benefit is less than $5 per day.

    So I suspect your $168/day requires a lot of... not very honest math.

  • junkmail5 Feb 12, 2013

    It should be mandatory that income taxes be filed on benefits.

    Re-read that until you realize how dumb an idea it is.

    "Hey, we know you can't afford to even buy FOOD... so we're going to give you some taxpayer money for food. But you have to pay taxes on it."

    Wow - where did you get your information from?- Whiskey4one

    From the dept. of health and human services.

    because those are the correct numbers.

    There aren't 100 million people on welfare. There aren't even 5 million.

    Seriously dude. Look it up someplace other than Fox News (which counts things like social security as "welfare")

    Welfare is the program currently known as TANF.

    It has less than 4.5 million people on it.

    If you wanna make up a new definition that includes literally every government program that gives any money to anyone for any reason go ahead, but it won't make your argument look any less desperate.

  • maybelle Feb 12, 2013

    Oh by the way who are the counties who are not having problems?
    IS it because they are not on NCFast yet?

  • maybelle Feb 12, 2013

    I think if a person has never paid taxes or are self employed and not paying taxes they should receive no benefits what so ever. It should be mandatory that income taxes be filed on benefits.

  • weasel2 Feb 12, 2013

    Nows the time to make every recipient come in and validate their need for assistance.

  • ech Feb 12, 2013

    What gets people upset about welfare and food stamps and Medicaid is stuff like this. I was in the grocery store behind a man with food and a ebt card. He asked for cigarettes and the cashier said that he couldn't pay for the cigarettes with his ebt card. He was ticked off and answered the little girl behind the cash register in a demeaning way and told her he had money as if he was offended by what she said. I thought there was going to be a fight right there.

  • tjdebord Feb 12, 2013

    "You libs are not compassionate, you just want to build up a huge dependent class, that cannot live without government largesse. Little better than slavery actually...aetius476"

    aetius476, first of all I am not liberal. I've always been conservative and believe in limited government. I've never drawn a day of unemployment or government assistance a in my life. I'm 60 years old, a Vietnam vet and have worked since the age of 14. However, I do realize that the disabled and elderly need assistance. People tend to make ignorant comments about people in general without knowing their circumstances. It is true that those that are able should work and not be dependent on the government. But let's be rational in our comments and not throw everyone under the bus because of the inefficient ways in which these government programs work. The government is to blame here, not the ones who really need our help.

  • shemontay Feb 12, 2013

    I have come to see some people that never thought they would have to apply for food stamps sit across the desk in humility to feed their family. I hope none of the judgemental people here never have to go thru that. Liars, and cheaters in every corner of the world. We cant through the babies out with the bath water. Hope they can learn to work the system soon. How many "clicks" can there be? LOL..

  • WakeForestLiving Feb 12, 2013

    Its sad that the 10% who really need them are going to be delayed.

  • junkmail5 Feb 12, 2013

    I know it would never fly, but I'd like to see voting priviledges suspended for anyone on welfare- Whiskey4one

    There's only a little over 4 million people on actual welfare.

    And over half of those are children who can't vote anyway.

    Most of the rest aren't on it long enough to go between 2 presidential elections.

    So your idea is even dumber than it seemed at first.

  • jerrys52 Feb 12, 2013

    "There are a lot more clicks that workers have to do in order to process cases,"
    "We're still trying to figure this out,"
    "...there is a learning curve with NC FAST, but she said many counties have made a smooth transition."

    My question is, if they can't do the work, why the hell do they still have jobs?

  • Whiskey4one Feb 12, 2013

    I know it would never fly, but I'd like to see voting priviledges suspended for anyone on welfare. Why should those doing all of the reaping and none of the sowing have an equal say in how tax revenues are spent as those doing all of the sowing and none of the reaping?

    The problem is that our founding fathers just never contemplated a scenario where citizens wouldn't work to improve their station in life.

  • ginufine3011 Feb 12, 2013

    readme - You do realize that you can an iphone for $50 with an 2yr. contract, right? Just because you see someone with an iphone, doesn't necessarily mean they paid $500-600 for it.

  • tjdebord Feb 12, 2013

    From reading a couple of the comments here, it amazes me how ignorant some people can be. Please don't condemn people before you walk a mile in their shoes.

  • dl1302685 Feb 11, 2013

    Don't judge people...everyone who receives Food Stamps don't lie and cheat to get them, some people truly need them through no fault of their own. No I don't receive them but I work with people everyday determining their may be on the other side of desk one day.

  • whatdidusay Feb 11, 2013

    More mpney to buy lottery tickets

  • Cock a doodle doo Feb 11, 2013

    They better get this up and running quickly. The NC Legislature is about to make 1/2 million more people eligible for food stamps.

  • mfarmer1 Feb 11, 2013

    Our Tax Dollars At Work To Stream Line People To Take More Of Our Tax Dollars.

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