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New Mexico has second highest proportion of food stamp recipients

By | 11.09.11 | 2:54 pm | More from The New Mexico Independent

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One in five New Mexicans, or about 20.7 of the state’s population, are on food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Advocate explains perils of basing food assistance on assets, not income

By | 10.12.11 | 8:52 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Melissa K. Smith, a senior policy analyst at the Michigan League for Human Services, testified before the Michigan House Families, Children and Seniors Committee about a bill that would remove people from the state’s food assistance programs based on assets rather than income.

In her testimony, Smith argued that such More…

Over three-quarters of Floridians on food stamps in 2010 did not have earned income

By | 09.28.11 | 2:34 pm | More from The Florida Independent

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 1.4 million Floridians relied on food stamps in 2010, and 76.2 percent of those recipients did not have an earned income.

Michigan to count assets against eligibility to receive food stamps

By | 09.21.11 | 9:12 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Beginning next month, many Michigan residents now receiving food stamps will likely lose their benefits as the state begins to look at assets as well as income in determining eligibility.

AP reports:

Michigan has determined food assistance eligibility based only on income for roughly a decade. A new policy


Gov. Martinez to request food stamp funding

By | 08.11.11 | 8:47 am | More from The New Mexico Independent

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that she will ask the state legislature to approve $450,000 in supplemental food stamp assistance for 4,000 elderly and low-income New Mexicans in the special session next month.

Today in Class-Baiting

By | 10.07.10 | 11:21 am

Steve Benen flags some disturbing news out of South Carolina:

South Carolina’s more than 236,000 unemployed workers could have to take a drug test in order to receive jobless benefits, according to a proposal by Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley on Tuesday. [...] Haley said testing the unemployed


The Wal-Mart at Midnight Indicator, Ctd.

By | 10.04.10 | 11:30 am

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal picked up on an extraordinary illustration of the far-reaching impact of the recession and the growth of poverty in America. A Wal-Mart executive noted a surge of customers paying for basics — milk, bread and baby formula — at midnight on More…

Child-Nutrition Bill Stalls Out Over Cuts to Food Stamps

By | 10.01.10 | 9:19 am

This week, progressive House Democrats successfully managed to forestall a vote on sweeping child-nutrition legislation that used food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, as a pay-for. Senate Democrats made an approximately $2.2 billion cut to an additional benefit provided by the stimulus, and More…

The Real Impact of Food Stamp Cuts

By | 09.28.10 | 1:58 pm

Congress is poised to cut food stamps again, taking more away from an extended benefit created by the 2009 stimulus, before its original expiry date, and setting up an unprecedented “cliff” in food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. To demonstrate how More…

The WalMart Customer Indicator

By | 09.24.10 | 11:20 am

The Wall Street Journal picks up an extraordinary illustration of poverty and government assistance in America. At WalMart, before midnight on the 30th or 31st of a month, customers come in and fill up their carts with milk, bread and baby formula — the essentials. At midnight, they receive More…