Legislation will bring food stamp eligibility back to pre-recession levels.
CONCORD – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today offered the following comments in response to the New Hampshire Senate passing legislation (Senate Bill 7), which would scale back eligibility for food stamps, now called SNAP, back to pre-recession standards. In 2009, the Obama Administration expanded eligibility to food stamps through two waivers, one in which the state stopped looking at the assets of those applying for the program and one that lifted the work requirement for able-bodied adults without children. SB 7 reverses both changes.
“This bill is neither revolutionary nor evolutionary, it is simply an acknowledgement that our economy has improved dramatically since the 2009 recession,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director.
“Anti-poverty programs should only go to those who are in poverty, but if the state doesn’t check an individual’s assets, we have no idea if an applicant is actually in poverty before getting food stamps. At the same time, when New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, we should not ask taxpayers to fund welfare programs for healthy, childless adults who aren’t working. The best welfare program is a good job.”
Moore, who served as a Director of the Department of Health and Human Services from 2003 to 2007, said that the state’s food stamp program was working well prior to the 2009 recession.
“The opponents of this bill must think that our state’s food stamp policy prior to 2009 was a disaster, but it was working just fine for the needy citizens of New Hampshire,” added Moore. “Returning to these same eligibility standards will simply ensure that taxpayer-funded welfare programs go to those who are truly in need. As a state, we should be working together to give our citizens the tools to move towards self-sufficiency, and this bill does just that.”