Skip to comments.States try to increase food stamp benefits for their residents (Gaming the system)
Posted on 06/19/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
States seeking a larger share of the nearly $80 billion a year the federal government hands out for food stamps have resorted to several practices that some lawmakers say are abuses of the system:
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia make use of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Paying people as little as $1 a year for heating assistance, even if they dont have a heating bill, automatically qualifies them for greater food stamp benefits. Critics say that can result in households getting up to $100 extra a month in food stamps....
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It’s free! Swipe yo EBT!
Not surprised in the least that Washington DC takes advantage of a scam.
“Those 14 states are California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin”
What do they all have in common?
Do food stamps cause the price of food to go up ?
Gov. Corbett is trying to rein in on food stamp abuses here in Pennsylvania. For his efforts the media and even the Catholic Church are treating him as if he is going around stealing the bowls of gruel away from orphans.
Yes. Why do you think the Merchants all accept EBT?
This will too!!!
What? Illinois is not in this.
I am offended. I live in one of the most proficient welfare states in America?
I will call Dick “dirtbag” Durbin and tell him we are below 14 states in handouts.
I can see he is not fighting for me.
The States started doing this after Bush 43 came into office but now it is just out of control.
Gruel? I haven’t read about that age-old cuisine in a long time. It must be making a comeback with the Left!
There are some possibilities, here. For example prison farms, that not only provide fresh food for the prison system, but provide surplus, seasonal food to supplement food stamps.
Most farming is under federal rules, but prison farms would be under state rules, and without market competition they could have far lower yields and still be acceptable.
The best part is the lowered costs of not warehousing food, which means that particular crops would only be available seasonally. Say someone gets food stamps, they could get a 10lb sack of potatoes thrown in for free for two months, but no potatoes for the rest of the year.
It doesn’t sound like much on the surface but would make a huge difference to those in need. And any surplus beyond the needs of food stamp recipients could be given to charities, instead of doing what the federal government does with surplus food, which is to warehouse it until it rots.
Holy cow! you are right. Every single one of them.
Very interesting question. I'd never thought about it, but, yes, you'd have to assume they do.
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