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Florida welfare recipients could face tougher sanctions

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People who receive cash assistance from the Florida government and fail to comply with work requirements could be left without money for a longer time. A House panel on Thursday advanced a bill (HB 23) that would toughen sanctions for individuals who do not work toward furthering their education or careers while in the program. The vote came over the objections of Democrats, who said it would leave more families hungry and would make it harder for people to get…

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Unlike other states, Fla. still bans food stamps for drug cons

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Some states recently have been moving to ease or eliminate restrictions on food stamps for people with drug convictions. Florida isn’t one of them. It’s now one of a handful of states that still prohibits drug-felony ex-cons from getting help. But its neighbor to the north is, reports Stateline, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ state policy blog. Both states have Republican-controlled Legislatures and a Republican governor. Earlier this year, Georgia removed its ban on drug felons receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, a…

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Today on Context Florida: Political elephants, MegaNanny Lottery and “Spotlight”

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Today on Context Florida: Underneath the candidate smears that are so much a part of local and national politics, Marc Yacht says there are a number of critical issues that leave both Republicans and Democrats too far apart. Party posturing aside there is substance to both sides of each concern but an inability for friendly if not effective bipartisan discussion. The elephants in the room include the military, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and welfare. Money and debt…

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