Sticks and carrots: Haslam calls for food stamp work requirement, boost in welfare payments

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam speaks during the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during a hearing to discuss ways to stabilize health insurance markets, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will reinstate federal food stamp work requirements for an estimated 58,000 adults without dependents in most Tennessee counties, including Hamilton, next year.

He also said he plans to recommend additional measures to combat fraud.

At the same time, the Republican governor will ask state lawmakers to boost monthly payments for the estimated 25,000 families on the state's welfare program for the first time in two decades to make up for inflation.

Yet another Haslam proposal: Provide transitional funding for welfare families whose bread winners' jobs or raises put them beyond the reach of assistance such as child care before they're able to stand on their own.

Haslam made the announcement Monday, saying the reinstatement of work or education requirements in 70 of Tennessee's 95 counties for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would take effect May 1.