Aug 9, 2016|
Tommy talks to Michael Williamson, President & CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, about poverty and the working poor and the struggle to put food on the table.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Tommy tiger backing of slash WW. 816 talking about food stamps a text comes in. And let me welcome in Michael Williamson president and CEO of united way of southeast Louisiana morning Michael. Thanks taking the time as a text comes in and says is we begin a conversation about. Food stamps and and now being able to shut in people it's under the don't have transportation being able to actually order groceries. Online. At least we would have to be behind them in the checkout line looking and all the stuff they're buying in wishing we could afford it. And I think a lot of the problem with food stamps is. Com. People that are not on them. Would like to be able to get a basket full of groceries for Korea I think it's human nature and secondly I think because some. Abuses system than everybody gets paid with the same brush. And Michael why don't you don't you start before we they're talking about humble ordering by. Computer it's better to kind of separate them myths. The reality. For her when it comes a food stamps. Absolutely well they occur perhaps sought. You didn't I think one. Portland is that data look at it that fact that there roughly 90%. From within our region and then current state. I'll live in poverty are probably got more but another. Nineteen person. Another percentage that we disparity in order crop. They didn't but he call out. And that there for app that limited income constrained employed and at the earliest idea what we were all usually paperwork or. There's no doubt and account for about another 23%. Or 42 are there. The arteries and across state or struggle enemy. They can and me. And so that and focus occurred in a way in particular for all go elderly and disabled. That it doesn't. It may struggle in rural coastal former government that the struggle to get to sort of backward and certainly makes apparently great act. We felt like I believe that while certainly there. But locate them there or are you may app experience like dimensional or. It likely or not the majority in the pro union program. Are that need them open it up a war hero you know are out there and ago Korea especially those that are buried her children. Especially the children themselves to you know so many times I hear people saying and this lets me know that it's strictly emotional and not logical because they say this stupid woman was in economy could barely compose a lot of sentence level block. Had five kids why is that why aren't they out Morgan's board of five kids and I think these people just stands as their own question and that you have a person of limited skills. For whatever reason has five children. They have to eat and I don't know what the answer would be other than to deny a the kids' food and I don't see how we as a society are human can do that. Sure you know once again there going to be in his case that is internally. The negatives by. Their program. You know since it happened that we can. More personally I am in each room. Immediate need and and in the river from and now and you know initially and crop but it always you know our study. That. If he had adults you know and sold Warner and preschool where. Eight paid upwards solar power. And how sheer. You know we ought to be over our hours a month than. At the base. And so now. I think you know it's important that we focus on. Probably the majority of their use Byrd and access the root an open page needs. These subsidies and now and yet in doing our part and special properties we you know what what we know where we don't know or that is in terms. On a lot of people got in line burn for eight hours of Mort a couple of days and road get their 400 dollars after Isaak that otherwise would never of had food stamps and one. I took the calls from people in line and several if you are against who Sam sorry you do and is willow it's finally my. My attorney gets something that we take a break when we come back coming into Texas says did you ask him the percentage of elderly people that are running Internet and with the is really helped them. And any other thing I think that. Addresses the working poor because. Again I. You know you got somebody that's not in a work uniform and they say want to peoples they wanted to get a job. And if you get somebody that is any uniforms they from a hotel where they make bids from minimum wage than. The argument is what you work and why should you get food stamps so I think a lot of people that legitimately need their help. Can't win either way in our touchy about the time period involved here might electing people. Believe that you can be on food stamps for the entire life and I don't think that's the case speeding and tell me when we come back Michael Williams senator guest president CEO. And united way of southeast Louisiana we're talking about food stamps. And being able to a government program that will allow shut ins and elderly people to order their groceries and you'd use their benefits. Online age 21 time now WL. I'd. Only seven the federal government this all going and that they try. You them yet launches ball. It's in the initially made available so homebound elderly and disabled recipients of snap food stamps. And that way they can order groceries on line with the card. And they don't do the groceries and peppers and com. In the benefits there's amount transferred them electronically. So Michael presidency yield united waves southeastern Louisiana Michael Williamson. Com. Somebody text in answers will if you if you Regina to have a computer which noted that makes you rich but that's when X is worded. If you're rich enough to have a computer why do you need food stamps and low. I'm not addressing these things to you because that is the way people think and you know. Ounces that would be one. Well. Brought in today's world economy you know. Then and data model while. The exact date in front of our backs are now. Leno you know it improved greatly continued. That group that means there's an accident and neighborhoods. It is and so. It made available in technology's getting asthma were cheaper so you can get. Thank you get a that break in it and a couple of cola or hours. Or so. Opened yet to be rich you know to do it it just me and could be. Party. A church and Alice population numbers that are there work to implement that that element so. Hope we get rich but I'm certainly an income now and then but you know. They think the average person NATO throughout our community knows how important. Yeah access the Internet and their original letter and this special you have children counsel it's more court. Experienced management. So I don't think that. And I'm sure that. Would be an accurate statement and you mentioned. Reporter Helen Goler arm. Aura let me earlier this text you can respond to them when does that mean he worked out and I'm not trying to confront you Michael but I'm just. Surfers see objections that people have bomb one of them I've never met you but seem organized man. He is wrong this taxes food stamps are mostly abuse somebody should not be on food stamps. For more than ten years most here are also the whole concept of Hud snapped wick in phones just destroy self esteem and is designed. To keep up Democrat voters on the social welfare plantation. Sorry that so it is you can stay away from political part and if you like or weigh in but. Your response of people that feel that way about food stamps. Oh yeah what did it and thank stand up and at least seem like but. Like this. Well again so there. Completed. I mean good but seriously I think there are there reality. There are certainly going to be cases the any program. For any resource rather and made the abuse and on the and then they're going to be folks that want to end. Or just leapt in our end up enough and now now. Although the percentages are meant that he and abuse. That symptoms. What I can tell you we focus on we focus on families and individuals ordered. Him to get by. And ready Perkins maybe. Oh full. Returning urgent human based problem there are limitations. On certain program like arm. And they're certainly abilities to await them and or more on and structure out there tried. There really aren't from the avatar of the current parliament in the environment. They need to eat. And you know and accept appeared in court so. The program can be I'll order that term. It certainly makes in her arms accepts. The program. I think sometimes people need to talk to people I was in Akron awhile back to saints hosting game as matter of fact which they did play they did get that when in. Com and I was talking to some of the people who worked in the hotel and I just ask them about you know they're making the beds and mats. You know very hard work I wouldn't clean hotel rooms that would be the last thing the world led wanna do and you can afford to send the maids and over they'll tell you that. But de hum. They they work very hard forty hours and they just don't make enough I mean Jamaican minimum wage or just a little bit above it and that is. For whatever reason the extent of the skills they have these amid people that are like 45 years old. So I would ask those that are against food stamps what do you do with this lady so she's 45 she's working her rear end off. There is an incentive because they get paid for how many rooms they claim but they have to be done to a certain standard right and they have to. You can't just halfway it acted to get as many rooms and as you can see workers hard as you can. And you just don't have enough I would say that you really subsidized in the hotel you aren't subsidized and the worker but I don't think anybody wants a look at it that way. Well economy in once again and urged arms cart web site beauty out for Richard talk about so much really really. You know roughly 23%. Of movies shouldn't. Fit that bill there working very hard doing all they can get in the studio and accept opportunity that they. And there are still struggle in at saint. Most of its most of or past meant. Done and notes understand that you know some spoke a little extra system that that's all they can and then. And I will. You could ask of these ladies and I case Michael and that's hard physical labor. You know forty hours a week however long it works so. Well in you know going to prop shop for in the is the element out industries and you're going you're gonna meet folks like that and I think that they were trying to do at the but he even paints. On the issues so people can connect the reality is that. Forty Q&A. Living here are your barely getting by. You note. You know that you you meet everyday and you realize. You know I think and important that. We have prepared support are available happened in in jail all. And in the heartland continues to go off which could speak more Chela or bumps were. The war or just an all the print of the core. It thank you Michael appreciate beat this or I don't even by beat. There special celebration so idea. We get a good news here but just a regular I've round rose like three pounds 2.5 bucks. So they aren't. They've got. A hell I'd go. They have meatball arena in Banca mother I appreciate it. Mike and UK presidency of the united we assemblies Louisiana open lines of we come back when you take on food stamps. And the do you think they do more good than they are abused and I at a tea I come down on the side of the do more good. Alex limo we of that lately for the new users David bleak waiting patiently to deliver that news under the WL. David Blake talking about food stamps and do you. And distracted because I want to mention is and this is not really were talking about it appears. Morgan did he she'll feel terribly Owens in man after he took over Larry King isn't there anymore. You know art I don't know. Our release dollar add on Larry King was dead but he's not. Don't know what I'm very adamant yanks on items like crazy because I thought if you if you're dead guy in your cell and vitamins that's on a good endorsement L Dahlberg you wouldn't want to. Even if it was done yet Simpson and it was recorded before you die. Blessing the world you'd want is somebody that's dead pushing health product that would make nozzles to me. Open anyway he had to make economy and about and we're talking about it yes it's for school metal though one US was. Lovely lead it wanted an air rifle competition. And it's not like the red writer BB gun that they use from all I don't know Christmas story is this tactic fancy stuff when he had to make a point it. You know America wins their first medal and of course it would have to be with a gun and blow blow up. All alone tall man. Or air rifle confidential like really really you think Dan really. It's gonna Ronald new loans EC what he thinks they Ronald good morning on WW I'll talk to me about food stamps. Well. I thought Ahmad hit because there on a little bit older people you know. They do a little lower on out. Wanna be your role in your duties. Are probable and go out here now have Korean sports he would. They had turned like I'm baby days. Or are you at all what can TV chew orbiter. It's sort plate and now. And sometimes. And sometimes dad has kids. YE several different women so you'd have to be Donald Trump to note be able afforded to Russian picked him. And any somebody very wealthy a bordello it child support you with me. But that problem. In. Chile. Do that Ronald DEG. And when he went out why. We. To get. Pretty. Big. It. Will you go. Or in stores and liquor. Sales records in these people. I'd think that this is it like they do you like the aren't that bill and you know it fair. You're like you did mention. Your. Your pockets. Or. The average major would. Argue. That. America. Ronald I appreciate you collar really do were running late and I think you have really. Hit upon the crux of the problem witches. Outs they won't come back terribly late Tommy Tucker Devin WLT 60187 if you wanna get involved. It's fifty government talking about making food stamps available online where you could get them electronically transferred to you and even buy you groceries online and text comes in and says Tommy. So you believe food stamps are good let me ask you did you receive a tax refund this year so please feel free to mail it refund. Back. If you believe in sporting food stamps which in turn means more taxes for the working middle class I always hear liberals complaining about how we need to support these entitlement programs. But I've never seen one send their tax refund back to the IRS support those programs or first of all you parroting what I said on the air a couple of minutes ago wages. You know voluntary income tax if you believe the government needs more money sent into Rome. And I specifically brought up Sigourney Weaver who spoke at the Democratic Convention. And Merrill's street. So I am in no way a liberal but I do know this there are. See in this that this is what the problem is huge filter it all down is still an old down it's how do you decide who needs help in that we should take care of and who is abusing the system and when that relates to children. If you are four year old kid and you're hungry and your mother has and you got fifteen Brothers and sisters and your mother's taken a money that should be used for food stamps and spend it on some canals and you're not eaten properly. In all four year old kid I don't know anything about that I don't Caroline knows that I'm hungry that that I'm hungry. As a grown man I'm aware that their child is hungry and I would have a hard time gone to sleep at night knowing that I let that happen. You see is this is not a Third World country. But by the same token I have a hard time at night going asleep. Thank NOK. I would really like to get this from my daughter my daughter really needs that but I can't get it because of the taxes I pay. And again you're getting down to the crux of the problem years so. What do you do Heidi keep people from abusing the system without starving kids. Does it seizes there really shouldn't have them but it's not the mother that you're gonna starve it's the kids. 853 Emory and ultimately don't talk to yell about this at 260187. He right now time for traffic on double. I Tommy Tucker talking about food stamps and attacks comes in I think food stamps should only be able to purchase certain things not steaks seafood etc. Should an island store with food you can get with food stamps milk ground meat chicken on the bone rice etc. So I don't know if you meet if you think that's gonna save money or if you think there would be a punitive way your motivational way to get people. Two were put a lot of people are working that are getting food stamps on no would you do with them either. Because if yet they make beds and a hotel. And you gonna have to use a well. The hotel's gonna have to pay a lot more people make beds which means you're gonna have to pay a lot more as well. I'm trying to get Ellison knew a couple of seconds does not work and Tommy good morning under the W bad. I. And when I had time for this Tommy get Kolb back we're also did take on the topic of the causeway. When we come back another overboard. Yesterday is they column. If you chart these things. Long a time line. They have gone drastically up. As of late Carlton do for shows the general manager of cosmic commission has some ideas as to why there have been studies done and they think they can keep this from happening again. Or happening as frequently but it's gonna cost some money which is going to be paid for. And I should add a lot of money by higher tolls. So if you commute on I causeway at love to hear from T six 1878. Back in a flash.