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Georgia becomes state that welfare forgot
With employment hovering around 9 percent, and a poverty rate that now ranks sixth in the nation, Georgia's all-Republican state government has created a land that welfare forgot, with private charities struggling to fill the holes, Slate reports in collaboration with The Nation Institute. Georgia nonprofits give out millions of cans of free food and help the city's poor apply for food stamps and Medicaid — but no one bothers to help struggling families apply for welfare. There's no point: thanks to Beverly "B.J." Walker, a zealous state welfare commissioner who built a reputation for being tough on freeloaders, new hurdles ensured that approved applications fell from 40 percent to 20 percent during her tenure.