Monday, March 10, 2014

States use trick to undo food stamp cuts


Congress last month passed a revamp of agriculture and food policy that was supposed to save the U.S. government $8.6 billion in food-stamp costs over a decade.

That may not happen, though, now that some states are finding a way to avoid the cuts.

 New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are triggering extra nutrition spending by adding money to a home-heating subsidy tied to increased food-stamp aid. The move feeds needy families while thwarting spending-reduction goals.

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