Welfare in Montana

1. Montana has over 3,000 adults on TANF- cash welfare. 

Idaho has fewer than 400.
Montana’s population is 2/3 that of Idaho’s.
We have 11 times the cash welfare recipients per capita that Idaho has. Montana has a lower unemployment rate than ID, 5.7% versus 6.6%.
(TANF stands for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.)
2. TANF work requirements are lax to start with, then routinely ignored by recipients, according to workers in the state’s Office of Public Assistance. Mr. Obama is making work requirements even easier.
3. TANF applications spike before the summer fair. They appear to provide “walking around money.”
4. TANF can be used for guns, gambling, alcohol, cigarettes, practically anything. Other states are starting to rectify this; not Montana.
5. TANF, SNAP and Medicaid recipients have money for hair extensions, tattoos, nicer cars, eating out, stylish clothes and accessories, multiple data plans per household, premium cable TV, multiple horses, Harley Davidsons and trips to Sturgis.
6. A FOIA request, patterned on the successful one in California, should seek details on locations where Montana TANF funds are spent.
7. Many TANF expenditures are a waste of taxpayer money and a harm to recipients. The program should be scaled back and re-designed.
8. The cost to taxpayers of each “worked” hour, “work” including such things a looking for work or attending GED classes, is $150.

2 Responses

  1. There are no adults on TANF. It is a program for children. A family of four has to have a gross income of less than $1188/month to qualify. Why do you hate the poor? What have they done to you that makes your blood boil when you see them?

  2. Oh, and Merry Christmas.

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