Wednesday, September 19, 2018

UPDATE Rick Scott and Gregg Steube are Anti Elderly

Rick Scott signed this bill into law Federal cost of living adjustments for food assistance In Florida it affects this bill (FL Admin Code=R) ( Fl Statute = S) S414:31
414.31 State agency for administering federal food assistance program.—
(1) The department shall place into operation in each of the several counties of the state a food assistance program as authorized by the Congress of the United States. The department is designated as the state agency responsible for the administration and operation of such programs.
(2) The department shall provide for such instruction and counseling as will best assure that the recipients are able to provide a nutritionally adequate diet through the increased purchasing power received. This program shall be administered and operated in such a way that the distribution of food assistance shall be in locations reasonably accessible to those areas in which persons eligible for the benefit of this program are likely to be concentrated.
History.—s. 1, ch. 69-268; ss. 19, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 70-201; s. 1, ch. 70-255; ss. 1, 2, ch. 72-298; s. 33, ch. 96-175; s. 24, ch. 2010-209.
Note.—Former s. 409.275.
65A-1.603 Food Assistance Program Income and Expenses.
(1) Rounding Income and Expenses. With the exception of the benefit reduction, cents resulting from budget calculations are retained at each level in determining the assistance group’s (AG’s) food assistance benefits. The benefit reduction is rounded up to the next whole dollar.
(2) Standard Utility Allowance. A standard utility allowance (SUA) of $347 must be used by AGs who incur, or within the eligibility period expect to incur, heating or cooling expenses separate and apart from their rent or mortgage and by AGs who receive direct or indirect assistance authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981. Actual utility expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the telephone standard, are not used.
(3) Basic Utility Allowance. A basic utility allowance (BUA) of $280 must be used by AGs who do not incur heating or cooling expenses, but do incur utility expenses such as electricity, fuel, water, sewerage, or garbage pickup, separate and apart from their rent or mortgage. Actual utility expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the telephone standard, are not used.
(4) Telephone Standard. A telephone standard of $45 must be used by AGs who incur only a telephone expense. Actual telephone expenses are not allowed. Any additional utility expenses, including the SUA or BUA, are not used.
(5) Homeless Shelter Deduction. A homeless shelter deduction of $143 must be used by homeless AGs who do not receive free shelter throughout the month and incur or expect to incur shelter expenses unless higher expenses are claimed.
(6) Child Support Paid Out. Legally obligated child support payments are a deduction for the Food Assistance Program.
Rulemaking Authority 414.45 FS. Law Implemented 414.31 FS. History–New 1-31-94, Formerly 10C-1.603, Amended 1-12-99, 5-25-03, 8-22-05, 2-17-09, 12-13-09, 11-1-10, 12-25-11, 10-16-12, 8-11-13, 11-30-14, 1-31-16, 6-6-17, 4-4-18.

What ACESS has done has been to reduce all SNAP to all Disabled and Elderly without notice.
Starting on October 1, 2018,  your food stamps will be reduced to $15.00. You want Rick Scott as your Senator? I think not. Unless he reverses this tell him to go on SNAP only at $15.00 a month on his Social Security Not the Governors pension.

I am going to warn Seniors... If you just about can buy food and applied to welfare, YOUR welfare was cut down by this Republican Senate! I have many seniors who I am helping with SAGA and they have been cut down from $140.00 per-month for food stamps to $15.00 a month. The Maximum for Elderly is $199.00 per month... The Elderly were reduced to $15.00 per month because the Republicans are claiming the Elderly are stealing. They (the Elderly) pay $800 or more in rent and they have medical bills and prescriptions that are outrageous. Most Seniors get less then what is classified as below the poverty scale. With Medicare deducted, can you live off of $895 a month plus doctor bills? We have to take a deep look at who voted for this cut with Seniors and vote them out. Seniors are not in an entitlement program. They worked for the food stamp program before they had a stroke, cancer, or a heart attack.

My question is: can you Republicans Senators live off of your social security without your pensions without your under the table hand outs, do speeches for free and not have a side business and eat? Your $10 a month raise in Social Security is not cutting it when food prices are outrageous. Many seniors are now eating dog food again. Senators are you eating dog food or are you eating Kobe steak?

Remove the following from office since they are anti-Elderly:

Call and ask why Senator Greg Steubs wants to kill the Elderly by starving them to death and making the sick who can just about get out of bed work. Greg Steubs created this Nazi type bill. No death panels just work the elderly to death.

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Gregg Steubs   

Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 
By Senator Steube 23-01332-18 20181160__ 
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 1 A bill to be entitled 
2 An act relating to family self-sufficiency; amending 
3 ss. 414.14 and 414.175, F.S.; authorizing changes to
 4 public assistance policy and federal food assistance 
5 waivers to conform to federal law and simplify
 6 administration unless such changes increase income or 
7 resource eligibility standards for the program;
 8 creating s. 414.315, F.S.; requiring the Department of 
9 Children and Families to impose a resource limit for 
10 households receiving food assistance, subject to
 11 federal approval; requiring legislative authorization 
12 for expanding resource eligibility under certain 
13 circumstances; providing applicability; creating s.
 14 414.393, F.S.; requiring the department to implement 
15 asset verification to verify eligibility for public 
16 assistance; amending s. 445.004, F.S.; requiring 
17 CareerSource Florida, Inc., to include certain data
 18 relating to the performance outcomes of local
 19 workforce development boards and associated pilot 
20 programs in an annual report to the Governor and 
21 Legislature; providing legislative findings; providing
 22 definitions; requiring CareerSource Florida, Inc., to
 23 contract with a vendor to develop a pilot program to
 24 increase employment among certain persons receiving 
25 temporary cash assistance by a specified date; 
26 providing criteria for selecting a vendor; providing 
27 criteria for selecting local workforce boards to 
28 conduct the pilot program; requiring CareerSource 
29 Florida, Inc., to submit a report on the outcome of Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__ 

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 30 the pilot program to the Governor and Legislature by a 
31 specified date; providing appropriations; providing an 
32 effective date.
 33 34 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
 35 36 Section 1. Section 414.14, Florida Statutes, is amended to 37 read:
 38 414.14 Public assistance policy simplification.—To the 
39 extent possible, the department shall align the requirements for 
40 eligibility under this chapter with the food assistance program 
41 and medical assistance eligibility policies and procedures to 
42 simplify the budgeting process and reduce errors. If the 
43 department determines that s. 414.075, relating to resources, or
 44 s. 414.085, relating to income, is inconsistent with federal law 
45 governing the food assistance program or medical assistance, and 
46 that conformance to federal law would simplify administration of 
47 the Temporary Cash Assistance Program or reduce errors without 
48 materially increasing the cost of the program to the state, the 
49 secretary of the department may propose a change in the resource 
50 or income requirements of the program by rule, providing that 
51 such change does not increase income or resource eligibility
 52 standards for the program. 
53 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 414.175, Florida 54 Statutes, is amended to read: 55 414.175 Review of existing waivers.
— 56 (2) The department shall review federal law, including 
57 revisions to federal food assistance program requirements. If 
58 the department determines that federal food assistance waivers Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__ 

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59 will further the goals of this chapter, including simplification 
60 of program policies or program administration, the department 
61 may obtain waivers if this can be accomplished within available 
62 resources, providing that such waiver does not increase income 
63 or resource eligibility standards for the program. 
64 Section 3. Section 414.315, Florida Statutes, is created to 
65 read: 
66 414.315 Food assistance program resource eligibility 
67 standards.— 
68 (1) Subject to federal approval, the department shall 
69 impose a resource limit of $5,000 for all households that 
70 receive food assistance. 
71 (2) Unless expressly required by federal law, the 
72 department shall obtain specific authorization from the 
73 Legislature before seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing 
74 any waiver for food assistance which expands resource 
75 eligibility beyond the limits established in subsection (1). 
76 (3) This section does not apply to those households that 
77 are federally required to be categorically eligible for food 
78 assistance under 7 C.F.R. s. 273.2. 
79 Section 4. Section 414.393, Florida Statutes, is created to 
80 read:
 81 414.393 Applicant asset verification.—Upon federal approval 
82 to implement the resource eligibility standards in s.
 83 414.315(1), the department shall implement asset verification 
84 for the purpose of determining eligibility for the food 
85 assistance programs.
 86 Section 5. Paragraphs (c) and (d) are added to subsection 
87 (7) of section 445.004, Florida Statutes, and subsection (13) is Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__ 

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88 added to that section, to read:
 89 445.004 CareerSource Florida, Inc.; creation; purpose;
 90 membership; duties and powers.— 
91 (7) By December 1 of each year, CareerSource Florida, Inc., 
92 shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the
 93 Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Minority 
94 Leader, and the House Minority Leader a complete and detailed
 95 annual report setting forth: 
96 (c) For each local workforce development board, participant
 97 statistics, and employment outcomes, by program, for individuals 
98 subject to mandatory work requirements due to receipt of 
99 temporary cash assistance or food assistance under chapter 414,
 100 including: 
101 1. Individuals served.
 102 2. Services received. 
103 3. Activities in which individuals participated. 
104 4. Types of employment secured. 
105 5. Individuals securing employment but remaining in each 
106 program. 
107 6. Individuals exiting programs due to employment. 
108 7. Employment status at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months 109 after individuals exit the program, for the immediate past 3 
110 years. 
111 (d) Interim outcomes of any pilot program implemented by a 
112 local workforce development board selected pursuant to 
113 subsection (13). 
114 (13) The Legislature finds that some mandatory work 
115 registrants in the Temporary Cash Assistance Program face 
116 significant barriers to employment, which must be addressed with Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__

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 117 services beyond those offered under a traditional workforce 
118 program. To address this problem, CareerSource Florida, Inc., in
 119 consultation with the department, shall implement a pilot 
120 program to increase unsubsidized employment and earned income 
121 among such registrants while reducing their reliance on public 
122 assistance. The pilot program may not serve registrants who are 
123 assessed as work ready or who do not face significant barriers 
124 to employment. 
125 (a) For the purposes of this subsection, “significant 
126 barriers to employment” means at least one critical barrier or
 127 three or more stand-alone barriers. 
128 1. “Critical barriers” include substance abuse, mental 
129 illness, physical or mental disability, domestic violence, 
130 homelessness, and a criminal record affecting employment.
 131 2. “Stand-alone barriers” include significant job skill
 132 deficiencies; significant soft-skill deficiencies, such as 
133 communication, time management, and problem-solving skills; 
134 child welfare system involvement; and a negative or nonexistent 
135 employment history. 
136 (b) CareerSource Florida, Inc., in consultation with the
 137 department, shall contract with a vendor by October 31, 2018, to 
138 develop the pilot program according to the following guidelines: 
139 1. The vendor must have expertise in the design and 
140 development of workforce programs. 
141 2. The program design shall be based on the best available 
142 research and shall include, at a minimum: 
143 a. A comprehensive assessment to identify significant
 144 barriers to employment, which shall be updated on an ongoing 
145 basis. Such an assessment may collect information about the Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__ 

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 146 registrant’s educational attainment, level of literacy and 
147 numeracy, basic skills, work experience, receipt of public 
148 benefits, and other indicators of significant barriers. 
149 b. An individual responsibility plan based on the 
150 assessment, which includes a comprehensive service strategy to 
151 address barriers to employment, whether sequentially or 
152 simultaneously.
 153 c. Intensive case management, including, but not limited 
154 to, ongoing one-on-one guidance, motivation, and support for 
155 registrants by assessing their needs and barriers, identifying 
156 resources, and advising on career and training opportunities. 157 Intensive case management also includes collaborative work with 
158 community partners to provide comprehensive services to
 159 registrants which are designed to address their barriers and 
160 achieve program goals. 
161 3. The program may include other elements to address
 162 significant barriers, such as a combination of job search 
163 assistance, basic skills training, vocational education, 
164 strategies that connect registrants to relevant career 
165 opportunities by supporting their efforts to obtain educational 
166 certificates or industry certification, and transitional 
167 employment subsidies to achieve the desired improvements in 168 employment and earnings. 169 (c) CareerSource Florida, Inc., in consultation with the 
170 department, shall select at least three local workforce boards 
171 to conduct the pilot program based on a board’s: 
172 1. Commitment to effectively serve the target population. 
173 2. Established record of innovation in the delivery of
 174 workforce services, preferably to the target population. Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__

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 175 3. Existing strong community partnerships, including 
176 partnerships with nonprofit entities and community colleges, to
 177 provide workforce services. 
178 4. Commitment to implement the program for the target
 179 population while continuing to serve other Temporary Cash 
180 Assistance Program mandatory work registrants. 
181 (d) The local workforce boards selected for the pilot 
182 program shall contract with vendors to implement the program.
 183 The local workforce board shall give preference to vendors with 
184 a demonstrated commitment to innovation in providing workforce 
185 services or in serving populations with significant barriers. 
186 (e) CareerSource Florida, Inc., shall submit a report to 
187 the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of 
188 the House of Representatives by December 15, 2021. The report 
189 shall include the program design; participating entities; 
190 participant demographics, including, but not limited to,
 191 barriers identified; and the case management processes, 
192 assessment processes, and services provided to participants, as 
193 compared to those available under the local workforce board’s 
194 traditional workforce program. The report shall also include an 
195 analysis of the effect of the program on participants’ barriers 
196 to employment, employment outcomes, household income, reliance 
197 on public assistance, and other measures of household well-being 
198 and self-sufficiency. 
199 Section 6. For fiscal year 2018-2019, the sum of $3,342,525 
200 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General Revenue 
201 Fund to the Department of Children and Families to implement
 202 asset verification for the food assistance program pursuant to 
203 s. 414.393, Florida Statutes, as created by this act, and the Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1160 23-01332-18 20181160__ 

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204 sum of $300,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the 
205 General Revenue Fund to the Department of Children and Families 
206 to perform the technology modifications necessary to implement 
207 asset verification. 
208 Section 7. For fiscal year 2018-2019, the sum of $500,000 
209 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General Revenue
 210 Fund to the Department of Economic Opportunity for distribution 
211 to CareerSource Florida, Inc., to contract for development of a
 212 program to serve temporary cash assistance work registrants with 
213 significant barriers to employment pursuant to this act, 
214 including, but not limited to, providing the initial program 
215 design, evaluation design, training curricula development and 
216 delivery of training, implementation oversight, development of 
217 informational materials for participants, and technical 
218 assistance; and for distribution to selected local workforce 
219 boards for startup expenses incurred by vendors implementing the
 220 program, including, but not limited to, information technology 
221 updates, program coordination, and staff training. Case 
222 management and direct services for all temporary cash assistance
 223 recipients shall be provided within current resources.
 224 Section 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.

I am going to post a petition for you to sign and send to me to have Gregg Steubs IMPEACHED and thrown out of office to taking food out of the Edlerly, the Disabled and the Children of Florida


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