LITTLE ROCK — Republican candidate for governor said Tuesday that too many people "have learned how to work the system" and that she would want anyone receiving government assistance to also fill out a job application when applying for aid.
State Rep. Debra Hobbs, R-Rogers, speaking to the Political Animals Club, decried the poor stewardship of government money. Meeting with reporters afterward, she said people receiving unemployment benefits or welfare checks should be required to apply for work.
"I'm for helping people, but not for [just] giving them a check," Hobbs said.
She said later the job applications should be required only of able-bodied people. "I'm not stigmatizing everyone who is receiving benefits," she said.
People receiving unemployment benefits already are required to seek work. Without providing statistics or specifics, Hobbs said there are too many cases when people make only cursory checks and remain on government aid.