Thursday, September 18, 2014

Walker cuts food stamps tied to heating assistance, just in time for winter.

Winters have always been difficult in the state for low income Wisconsinites. In the past, many who needed heating assistance also received food stamps. Not anymore, thanks to Scott Walker.

Perhaps Walker believes he's helping people pay their energy bills instead of living a life dependent on food:
AP: Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states (Wisconsin is one of them), far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed ... attempted to save money by scaling back what lawmakers called a loophole in the food stamp program that entitles low-income families to more food aid if they participate in a federal heating assistance program. Among the 16 states that allow the practice or some form of it, 12 governors have taken steps to avoid the food stamp cuts. The states' workaround — mostly by Democratic governors — has infuriated Republicans who pushed the cuts.

As of now, the cuts will only affect Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire. It's unclear how many people will be affected. Officials in Wisconsin, New Jersey and New Hampshire said they don't track that number.

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