Sisolak joins with 16 governors to oppose Trump’s plan to cut food stamps

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grocery shoppingGov. Steve Sisolak has joined with 16 governors to send a letter urging the Trump administration to rescind a proposed rule designed to make it harder for people to get good stamps.

“We can all agree that no one should be forced to go hungry in the U.S, especially children,” reads the Aug. 28 letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “Yet, the Department’s analysis acknowledges that its proposal may worsen hunger at a time when nearly 16 percent of households with children are experiencing food insecurity.

In July the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a proposal to tighten restrictions on eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) by removing an option for states to automatically approve SNAP benefits for people enrolled in other low-income programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The proposal also imposes a financial asset test on applicants.

The Nevada Department of Welfare and Supportive Services estimates more than 46,000 residents would be affected by the proposed rule change — roughly one in 10 of Nevada SNAP recipients.

“If this rule takes effect, hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries across the United States, including 46,000 individuals right here in Nevada, would lose access to basic food assistance,” Sisolak said in a statement announcing the letter.

“This is an absolutely unconscionable act that would have dire impacts on the most vulnerable populations in our state, especially those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income children on free and reduced-price school meals,” the governor said.

By the USDA’s own reckoning, the rule will disproportionately curb assistance to households with one or more elderly people and households with earned income.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I got a nice blender once, with S & H green stamps! Oh whoops, different kind of stamps (and different decade). No seriously, I’m all for children in low-income families getting properly & nutritiously fed. But, would it be politically incorrect to point out something I’ve noticed? Here in Vegas you see people in line with you at the supermarket using their EBT cards to buy all sorts of fancy stuff like hors d’oeuvre platters (when I’m economically buying the vegetables themselves to go home and chop) and I even saw some lady at my local Sprouts buying something ridiculously exotic called “pink salt”, which is about 300 times the price of Mortons. The fact that, anecdotally anyway, most folks I see using food stamps on any given day are speaking Spanish, well that’s a matter for another day isn’t it, fellow bleeding-heart liberals.

  2. But let’s face it, probably few things get Trump supporters more agitated than when right in front of them they see obvious illegals availing themselves of tax-dollar-supported welfare, when supposedly they are “here to work” And who can blame them. Just sayin’ ..

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