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Letter by Debbie Regala, Tacoma on Nov. 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm with 13 Comments »
November 8, 2011 2:46 pm

A recent letter suggested that rather than utilizing inmates to help with the apple harvest, the work could be performed by those who receive welfare from the state.

It is worth noting that there have only been two public assistance programs which provide cash assistance. General Assistance Unemployable, now called Disability Lifeline, is for single adults who are incapacitated and cannot work. The cash-assistance portion of that program, which was $197 per month, was terminated on Nov. 1.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides a cash benefit to parents with children whose income is no more than 30 percent of the federal poverty level. The majority of these families are single women with two children.

A family of three currently receives $477 per month. There are proposals to reduce that amount by 5 percent.

Under TANF/Workfirst, the parents are required to spend 35 hours per week at a job or participating in documented activities like earning a GED or getting training that will lead to a job. If the parent does not participate, the family loses its benefit.

Federal law requires the state to provide child care while these parents are at work or receiving education or training.

The purpose of the TANF/Workfirst program is to assist families onto the path to self-sufficiency. Requiring these parents to spend a few weeks picking apples will not get them there.

(Regala is a state senator representing the 27th Legislative District.)

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. NickDixon says:

    Thanks, Rep. Regala.

    There should be no more misinformation on this subject.

  2. olympicmtn says:

    “It is worth noting that there have only been two public assistance programs which provide cash assistance.”

    That does not account for those that buy goods “using food stamps/cards” and sell their steaks to taverns for cash or use the monies for casinos. If your able to work, then ALL public assistance programs should require work. All of them. No person should be allowed to just vegetate and get away without working and contribute to the functioning our our government.

  3. NickDixon says:

    Taverns are buying steaks from someone other than a licensed vendor? Shut them down.

  4. There are still people who will refuse the notion that TANF recipients are required to work, or documented education/ training – that’s why its called “work first”. In the “sweep” of EBT card investigation of abuse, KING 5 noted that it was a single digit percentage of EBT recipients that were found to have abused the system. That is out of thousands of recipients.

  5. state senator Regala Tanf must be the same as welfare my neighbor hasn’t worked for the last 8 years but she manage to have cell phones,internet,cable to include getting pay per view movies,Cigarettes & alcohol while on tanf

  6. Toocan – so you say does not make it so or offer any proof.

  7. NickDixon says:

    TOOCAN – you left off her Cadillac

  8. LarryFine says:

    Hey Nick_nos.

  9. NickDixon says:

    I guess I was wrong. Regardless of Regala’s wealth of information, someone can still make up a ridiculous story.

  10. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Funny, I remember Kard making up stories about race relations in his youth as proof of a) his love of all races, b) the world is evil.

    It was right out of “Remember the Titans”. Pot meet kettle. Well, I guess your story was plagairism, so at least give this guy points for being original if you think it is made up.

  11. LarryFine says:

    btdt

  12. princessnancy says:

    I know someone who has been on TANF/Workfirst for over four years. She has her child care paid for, Section 8 housing, food stamps, and a monthly check. She has not been told to get her GED, and has received no training except for a few computer classes. The counselors appear to have done nothing to help her get a job! She has worked at the Puyallup Fair the past two years.

    This person’s experience as a TANF client is completely contrary to Ms. Regala’s statement that parents are required to spend 35 hours per week at a job or participating in documented activities like earning a GED or getting training that will lead to a job. If the parent does not participate, the family loses its benefit.

    To me, it appears that the WorkFirst counselors are ensuring keeping THEIR job by not getting clients the training they need to get jobs and get off of TANF.

    Any comments, Ms. Regala?

  13. stumpy567 says:

    Another instance of our government being able to take better care of us than we can ourselves?
    Many of these programs perpetuate their own existence.

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