States Move Ahead With Food Stamp Cuts

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The problem is that the status quo is largely responsible for the environmental degradation and starvation we have today. Because these companies have enormous resources to influence public policy, they will continue to lobby for what is in their own best interest, to the detriment of poor rural farmers worldwide. The bottom line: None of these companies stands to benefit from a proliferation of organic, sustainable agriculture. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? There aren’t any easy answers when trying to untangle what will work best to create a healthier global population. One thing is clear, however: Food will be important in investors’ portfolios for decades to come. And yet, there is one natural resource more valuable than food. It’s not gold. Or even oil. But it’s more valuable than both of them. Combined.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who voted against the food stamp-limiting measure, said in a statement on Friday, This mean-spirited bill would have devastating impacts on our nations most vulnerable populations … Most [Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program] families with children are working if they are able, but do not earn enough to put food on the table when they have other pressing expenses like rent and medical bills. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who also voted against the bill, said in a statement, SNAP is a critical tool to fight hunger in the U.S. … There is no question we must continue to work to address fraud and abuse within the system, but this bill is not the way to do it. Beyond the efforts to shrink the food stamps rolls, the actual monthly payments for those who receive them in Hawaii and elsewhere could drop by $29, when a temporary increase built into the 2009 stimulus package runs out at the end of October. Changes Too Harsh? Its unknown how much of the increase of the caseload in Hawaii and nationally resulted directly from the broader eligibility rules. The state human services department declined to provide an estimate. But nationally, the GAO report estimated that in fiscal year 2010, 2.6 percent of people who received food stamps would have been disqualified for having too much income by the old standards. And the cost of all those additional people came to about $460 million for the year, the GAO report said. That price tag and the symbolism of people feeding from taxpayer largess has helped to make the program a target for Republicans, particularly Tea Party conservatives who bristle at the cost of nearly all welfare programs. Megan Whittemore, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Civil Beat , House Republicans are working to restore the integrity of this safety-net program and protect it for those who need it most.

Food Stamp Debate Gets Personal In Hawaii

Many Republican-led states are trimming safety nets as the recession wanes. In addition, food stamp benefits for all recipients are set to fall Nov. 1 when federal stimulus money ends. Some states have changed welfare enrollment criteria. Others enacted unprecedented cuts in unemployment insurance, as Stateline previously reported. Against that backdrop, supporters of the cuts see the work requirement as a prime opportunity to trim the rolls. Those possibly affected by ending the waivers comprise less than 5 percent of Americans collecting food stamps. Employment is the most effective way to escape poverty Kansas Dept. of Children and Families Sec. Phyllis Gilmore Republicans see the improving economy as a sign enrollment should be dropping anyway, with cuts to benefits a good way to push some people back into the labor market. Kansas made its case clear, calling the policy “an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency.” “Employment is the most effective way to escape poverty,” Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said in a statement announcing the move. Those who support ending the waivers also promise robust job placement and training programs to help those affected meet work requirements, which could allow them to keep their benefits.