Patricia Aaron flips through a large black binder containing the text from her persuasive speech class, important bits highlighted in yellow, as she waits for lunch to begin at Stewpot's community kitchen in downtown Jackson. The 54-year-old Hinds Community College student thinks about the food at her house — a few pieces of chicken, kidney beans, grits — and how long it's going to last.
A report released Wednesday outlined the ways in which Mississippi leaders have for decades undermined federal public assistance programs, requiring recipients to jump through hoops based on false narratives of poverty. The hoops — drug testing, work requirements, etc. — paint folks seeking assistance as suspicious characters who must prove their value. On the same day the report published, Mississippi officials met to discuss adding a work or job training requirement for Medicaid.
From my experience, people in poverty work harder than just about anybody, though the work might look different to someone in the middle class. All that is is an argument for finding connections with folks whose circumstances are different than yours. #mspulsehttps://t.co/FIVxZRBgJ5
#mspulse this week puts #Medicaid work requirement discussion into context with short public assistance history lesson and some of my own observations from actually visiting communities affected by poverty. Read: https://t.co/hZ3ZJ7uxT0
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