We’ve already discussed the governor’s apparent flip-flop on a pop tax. And we’ve discussed how the pop tax relates to federal funding of the SNAP program here.
* But here’s the other food stamp issue…
Advocates for human services are worried that Gov. Bruce Rauner is planning to eliminate food stamps for as many as a quarter-million low-income Illinois residents.
And according to some advocates, Illinois Department of Human Services workers report that the state has begun using new administrative measures to throw eligible food stamp recipients off the rolls.
At issue is a large category of recipients in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, called “able-bodied adults without dependents.” Various estimates put their number as high as 240,000.
Under Clinton-era welfare reform, they were limited to three months of SNAP benefits every three years. But states with limited job availability could apply for waivers to that restriction, and Illinois has had a waiver since the beginning.
Rauner favored dropping the waiver in previous years, but was talked out of it by moderate voices in his administration, advocates say. But those moderates have been replaced by staunch reactionaries from the Illinois Policy Institute, who have echoed conservative talking points against people who they believe should be gainfully employed.
All you gotta do is click here to see how obsessed the Illinois Policy Institute has been on the SNAP issue over the years. And if you click here, you’ll see the group advocating for exactly the change that Rauner is now implementing.