Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Conservative think thank suggests tying SNAP benefits to work requirements
A new issue brief from the conservative American Enterprise Institute contends that SNAP should be reformed to encourage recipients to work while receiving benefits. The brief calls for states to reinstate work requirements and tighten eligibility for SNAP benefits to ensure that government resources are dedicated to the truly needy. The Institute finds that SNAP participation has increased even as the economy has improved since the recession and now exceeds Congressional Budget Office projections by about 10%. SNAP benefits are now more likely to go to recipients who earn more than 130% of the poverty line, the brief says.
Source: American Enterprise Institute, 9/8/15, SNAP Work Requirements