Almost 1,000 State Employees Drawing Food Stamps

Nearly 1,000 Tennessee state employees have such low salaries that they must rely on government assistance to put food on their tables, according to WTVF-TV.
Robert O’Connell with the Tennessee State Employee Association said they were shocked when they discovered the number of state workers on food stamps. “We were floored by the number of people,” said O’Connell. “I don’t think Tennesseans are going to be proud that we are paying this large group not enough to feed their families.”
The TSEA fired off a letter to Governor Bill Haslam demanding the state pay more. The group believes part of the problem is that state salaries haven’t kept up with the cost of living. After it made a public records request, the state employee association learned 964 state workers were on food stamps.
The Department of Environment and Conservation had 129 employees on food stamps. The Department of Corrections had 191 employees on public aid, and the Department of Human Services had 228 workers on welfare.
Ironically, DHS which gives out food stamps, had the largest number of workers on the program,,,,. According to the TSEA, some state workers make as little as $14,000 a year. The medians salary for a state employee is $31,000 a year.

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