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Statehouse to become Habitat for Humanity construction zone

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — This spring lawmakers will set aside legislation and instead pick up hammers to build a Habitat for Humanity house on the Statehouse lawn. “Homeownership is still truly the American dream,” Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, said, “but it still continues to elude far too many Hoosiers.” In March legislators from […]

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Commentary: What’s wrong with a little work?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When did “work” turn into a four-letter word? Did I miss something? I thought working, so you could be independent and not have to rely on others, was a good thing; apparently not to critics of Gov. Mike pence and his administration’s move that able-bodied individuals actually work or look for […]

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How the safety net cuts poverty rates across the country

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Without Social Security, the poverty rate among senior citizens in the U.S. would be more than 50 percent; instead, it’s just 14.6 percent. For people of all ages, food stamps cut the poverty rate by about 10 percent, and they reduce poverty among those under 18 by even more than that. […]

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Drug testing required for some welfare recipients under Senate bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require drug testing for Hoosiers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and who have been convicted of a crime passed the Senate Tuesday. House Bill 1351 would not take away TANF benefits right away if recipients tested positive as long as they tested negative […]

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Bill to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Welfare recipients would be subject to random drug testing under a bill passed Tuesday in the Indiana House. House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. […]

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House acts to expand nutrition requirements to all food stamp recipients

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require SNAP food stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program. As approved by a committee last week, House Bill 1351 – authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville – would have created a pilot program to […]

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Committee moves bill to drug-test welfare recipients

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee on Wednesday amended and passed a bill that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing. House Bill 1351 would also limit the food that recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could purchase. The bill’s author, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, introduced the controversial […]

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Federal food aid benefits to drop starting Friday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 925,000 Hoosiers who rely on government assistance to purchase food will receive fewer benefits starting Friday when a program enacted during the economic downturn expires. The cuts will mean $36 less in monthly benefits for a family of four or about $11 less for a single person […]

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Shutdown would mean little to most Hoosiers – for now

By Lesley Weidenbener & Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most Hoosiers are unlikely to feel much impact if the federal government experiences a partial shutdown – unless it lasts awhile. The U.S. Postal Service will keep operating. Most state functions backed by federal dollars will continue unabated. And unemployment, Medicaid and other benefits will continue […]

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Bill to drug test welfare recipients is not finished

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would drug test recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a cash-based welfare program, is held up just days before the session ends. The major conflict is over whether the repeated failure of drug tests will lead to an individual losing their benefits or a whole […]

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