Looming SNAP Reductions Will Harm Both Families and Local Economies
Nearly 900,000 Wisconsinites—nearly half of them children—will see a reduction in their FoodShare assistance on November 1. That’s when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) designed to help reignite the economy as part of the Recovery Act is set to expire. According to a new issue brief from the Wisconsin Budget Project, an independent research group that focuses on tax and budget policy, hardest hit will be Milwaukee County and the rural northern counties in which more than half of the children receive SNAP benefits.
According to the brief, the across-the-board cuts in November will reduce food assistance to struggling Wisconsin families by $89 million in fiscal year 2014 alone. To make matters worse for these households, the House of Representatives’ version of the Farm Bill would cut even deeper – slashing an additional $40 billion from food stamp assistance over the next ten years.