Lawmaker: Let's Cut Welfare When Kids Get Bad Grades
Tennessee state senator sparks debate with new bill
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:25 PM CST
Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield, left, joins Democratic US Senate nominee Mark Clayton at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – Tough news for Tennessee parents on welfare: Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield introduced legislation last week that would slash welfare benefits for parents whose kids get crummy grades, Fox News reports. Critics call it an unfair proposal that will ultimately hurt children, but Campfield says the bill will inspire parents to do a better job. "We’re not asking children to re-write the Magna Carta," he said. "A D-minus gets you through."

But Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle says a grades-for-welfare plan would "stack the deck against at-risk children," pressuring them to study "when there is no food on the dinner table." The state already cuts benefits by 20% for parents whose kids don't go to school; Campfield's bill would raise that to 30%. Campfield said his proposal would "break the cycle of poverty," but a state youth official tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that a single mom with two kids receives just $185 a month, and "that's already low."

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Jan 30, 2013 12:09 PM CST
a complete id10t. I agree there needs to be reform, but to further punish a CHILD that is having a tough time in school by taking away their supper too? I knew kids in school that had a tough time learning because of a learning disability. some were bullied or picked on. maybe some just weren't ready for the grade they were in. another was autistic. some of these kids were receiving food stamps because they had elderly parents like i did, and we grew up in an area where jobs were scarce for younger workers, let alone workers in their late 60's or early 70's. so PUNISH the kids because they are having a tough time in school? who is this guy? wait. i found him in the dictionary under 'joke'
Jan 30, 2013 7:08 AM CST
Sen. Campfield should now introduce legislation slashing his own salary to zero, and then go back to selling used cars or vinyl siding, or whatever he did before coming to the state senate.
Jan 30, 2013 12:19 AM CST
i like it... Make the moochers learn how to earn their own money when they grow up, instead of living off of MINE!