While state officials portray their decision as an act of compliance with federal law, the feds have invited Maine to waive work requirements for another year because the economy is still too weak for the policy to be effective.
Food stamp cuts in 2013 erased about 56 million meals' worth of benefit payments to New York City's hungry, driving demand for food bank services in the city so high that the charities had to cut back their offerings and even turn people away.
Drug testing for public assistance recipients has found lower rates of drug use among people on the dole than among the general population, and costs taxpayers lots of money in the process. Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to replicate that failure in Wisconsin.
"What we want them to think is, 'There's no reason. She doesn't have an opponent. I don't need to go to the polls. I'll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on election day,'" a Dallas County judicial candidate said.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is reinstating work requirements for food stamps before the federal government says she has to, and groups in the state are hoping a judge will block the move and spare 80,000 people from the change.