Louisiana residents receiving taxpayer-funded food stamps is on the rise in the state, even though the national average is dipping, thanks to a plan to nix welfare reform by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
In an Associated Press (AP) report, some 19 percent of the state’s 4.6 million residents are now on food stamps. In just one year, the state has jumped 9 percent in food stamp dependency.
These are the parishes that had the most significant increases:
- 37 percent in Jefferson Parish
- 26 percent in St. Martin Parish
- 13.5 percent in Lafayette Parish
- 90 percent in Cameron Parish
The rise in food stamps for Louisiana residents comes just months after Edwards ditched the working-food stamp requirement, which mandated that able-bodied 18-49 year-olds in the state work at least part-time in order to receive benefits.
Nearly 62,000 residents in Louisiana fall into that category, though, now they are able to receive food stamps without working at all.