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Morning Word: State Seeks Food Stamp Work Rule Waiver Extension

November 22, 2016, 12:00 am
Officials Want Work Waiver Extension 
Citing the state’s high unemployment rate, state officials have asked the US Government to waive a job requirement for people who can physically work to continue receiving food aid without having to get a job or volunteer at a nonprofit center in their community.
Sovereign Hager, an attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which represents people suing Human Services over its handling of welfare cases, said up to 20,000 New Mexicans would have been subject to the work rules. But, Hager said, the state eventually could elect to ignore the waiver and try to impose the work rules. State officials indicated they may do just that.
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