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Friday, January 6, 2017

SOME STATES WANT TO RESTRICT SNAP PURCHASES


Officials in Arkansas and Maine are gearing up to ask the Trump administration for permission to impose new restrictions on what SNAP dollars can buy. Maine Health and Human Services commissioner Mary Mayhew intends to submit paperwork to the USDA desk as soon as Trump takes power, she told the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal. The proposal is likely to reflect Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) previous attempts to enact such rules, which would have barred SNAP dollars from being used to purchase any grocery item that’s subject to state sales tax, such as granola bars, trail mix, shelled nuts, and deli-made potato salad. Republican lawmakers in Arkansas have filed legislation that would ban products not approved for the separate, dietarily specific WIC program that supplements food budgets for low-income mothers.

Source: Think Progress, 1/4/17, SNAP Restrictions Looming