Printed letters, January 19, 2014

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While I applaud Mr. Tallarico’s ideals, Government aid programs need to be seriously revised to help people get off the system, and not penalize people for getting married.

Many times the combined minimum wage incomes of two people with children getting married disqualifies them from assistance they may be currently receiving. 

If you combine families with several children each, this becomes a disaster. If each person comes into a marriage with 2 children each, that becomes a family of 6 in a marriage and a dual minimum wage income cannot possibly support that large of a family, even with other aid like food stamps.

I suggest a get off public aid program. A family should be granted a 2 year period where they can collect their public assistance and work without having their benefits penalized at all.

They would be monitored by a caseworker and required to attend classes in budgeting and money management. They would be required to save a percentage of their income for an emergency fund, and get job coaching or training to find better jobs.

After the allowed period of time, their public assistance would be terminated, and they would not be allowed to get back on the system for 5 years as an incentive not to turn the program into a revolving door type operation.

This is just a rough idea for a program. Yes we will still have welfare addicts that just want handouts, but those who have a work ethic and just need a boost up and off the system should be given one.

The same last names implies all that?

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