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Bill to expand SNAP eligibility dies in committee

The Journal & Courier (Lafayette, Ind.)
Feb. 19, 2015

The bill would impact nearly 900 individuals who currently don’t currently qualify for the program, according to the bill’s most recent fiscal impact statement.

Thirty-six states have eliminated the asset limit altogether and five others have raised their limit, Thomas said.

“It’s easy to see why current policy sends a message that saving is a behavior that warrants punishment and forces families to spend down longer-term savings, creating a cycle of reliance on these benefits,” Thomas said. “By eliminating the asset limit, we can encourage savings and start to fix those rungs on the ladder to self sufficiency.”

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