It appears that for 19 years Louisiana has sought exemptions from Federal rules requiring recipients of food assistance to work or receive job training. The reason for this is that the said recipients are unemployed due to lack of work, not lack of training or lack of effort to find jobs. And the state does not have work for them to do or training for them to undertake, or even community service projects in their area.
I am against community service as payment for food assistance. It resembles slavery, and I strongly suspect this is why some legislators also have scruples about it. I think the state needs to create jobs, and not wait for the oil and gas industry to have them again. There is plenty of work to be done, if major projects are funded. This, of course, goes utterly against the grain of Jindalism.