Deadline Approaches for Mississippians to Find Work or Lose Assistance

(Mississippi) — Seventy-five thousand Mississippians could lose their food stamps if they don’t find work or training by March 30th. Governor Phil Bryant has decided the state will not seek an extension on a federal waiver from the work rules explaining he wants the Department of Human Services to steer people to jobs. The Mississippi Center for Justice says the state is making a mistake because unemployment remains high. They question whether state government can create enough alternative community service work and training for people who can’t find jobs. The change applies to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who have no dependents at home.


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