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Food Stamp Trickery

States circumvent cuts.

Mar. 11, 2014

At least three states have found a way to circumvent efforts by Congress to make a relatively tiny reduction in the growth of runway food stamp spending in the recent farm bill. New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania discovered that if they spend a little more on home-heating assistance, it triggers additional automatic spending on food stamps. According to Fox News, “New York State reportedly raised home-heating spending by $6 million, resulting in an extra $500 million in federal food stamp money.” The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program already reached nearly $80 billion last year, but leftists are bound and determined to keep that number growing.

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