I understand the intent here, but this isn’t a well thought out bill. I want people to be paid a living wage. I want corporations to pay their fair share. Corporate welfare and allowing companies to profit by shafting workers is a huge issue that absolutely does need to be addressed, but while I applaud the good intentions there are a lot of problems with this bill. Firstly, it will definitely discourage employers from hiring those below the poverty level. There are lots of ways for employers to figure that out so a provision stating employers can’t ask will do little to prevent it. Secondly, to be honest it really isn’t entirely fair. Yes, corporations such as Walmart exploit their workers, but in some instances there is a personal choice factor for receiving federal benefits. I can hear some Countable members’ heads exploding with “how dare you blame the poor” even as I type this, but hold on. Advocating for and providing services to the poor has been my life’s work. I spend a lot of time with people living below the poverty level. And they, like the rest of us, don’t always make the best financial decision. (I highly recommend the book ‘Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities’.)Those decisions can impact eligibility for programs such as SNAP. Examples include one parent choosing to stay home or renting a home outside of one’s budget. Such decisions can result in eligibility or increased benefits. While everyone should have the right to make those choices, those choices aren’t their employer’s fault. I strongly advocate a more direct approach to the problem than this back door approach. Raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage. Address existing tax breaks and giveaways for corporations head on through appropriate legislation and use the money recouped to fund universal healthcare and make higher education affordable for everyone with the determination to apply themselves. These pro-people policies will do much more to raise people out of poverty and create a more equitable society than a bill like this will. This bill could easily have a negative impact on the poor, either by resulting in them not being hired in the first place or by discouraging them from applying for services they need for fear of losing their jobs.