Thursday, June 29, 2017
STATES TESTING HOW TO GET PEOPLE OFF OF SNAP
A $200 million experiment is happening right now in 10 states aimed at figuring out how best to help find jobs for SNAP recipients. Congress authorized these pilots in the 2014 Farm Bill, but their results won't be ready in time for the next reauthorization. The pilots are part of the first-ever attempt to seriously study the effectiveness of SNAP employment and training efforts. In 2014 Republicans demanded a greater focus on work requirements for able-bodied adult recipients who do not have dependents. Democrats wanted no part of these requirements - and the impasse had threatened to cleave the nutrition title from the rest of the Farm Bill. The pilots served to help reunify the bill after it had been ripped apart in the House. But they were also intended to give Congress scientific data on how to effectively get recipients back to work - something Republicans and Democrats in the 115th Congress both say they want.