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GAO says expanded food stamp eligibility raises costs, chances of abuse
The Hill ^ | 7/30/2012 | By Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 07/31/2012 3:29:53 AM PDT by tobyhill

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Monday that says the ability of states to expand eligibility for federal food stamps made about 473,000 more people eligible for food stamps, and added about $460 million in extra costs in 2010. The GAO also said this increased expansion has increased the chances of fraud and abuse of the food stamp program.

The report was requested by Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, in light of dramatically rising costs to administer the $70 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program.

GAO found that eligibility for SNAP has more than doubled in the last decade, which its costs have nearly quadrupled. And while GAO said the recent recession has contributed to increased eligibility and increased costs for the program, the ability of states to expand eligibility for the program is also a significant factor.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foodstamps; gao; snap

1 posted on 07/31/2012 3:30:04 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

If it’s government run it’s a money pit, expected failure but buys the necessary entitlement vote anyway.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 3:33:17 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote!)
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To: tobyhill

This should be published in Duh Magazine. Also, program failure is a matter of government definition. If it expands dependency payments regardless of other measures, the Democrats will consider it a success.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 3:37:39 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

“If it expands dependency payments regardless of other measures, the Democrats will consider it a success.”

I for one want to see the correlation between “dependency” (in all forms) and obesity; something about not having to do a damned thing all day MUST be a factor...


4 posted on 07/31/2012 3:41:29 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: tobyhill
Wherever there is huge amounts of free government money, there is always cheating, graft and corruption.
That's one of many reason TARP was such a bad idea.

5 posted on 07/31/2012 5:47:32 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: tobyhill

GAO) released a report Monday that says the ability of states to expand eligibility for federal food stamps made about 473,000 more people eligible for food stamps, and added about $460 million in extra costs in 2010. ——

Well when you report something 2 years old, it sounds less worse than the current numbers, eh?


6 posted on 07/31/2012 10:19:14 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: kearnyirish2

I think Michelle Obama needs to look into this:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=do-food-stamps-lead-to-obesity-2009-08-11


7 posted on 07/31/2012 11:51:32 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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