The Daily News writes that 225 million dollars are now gone from the federal food stamp program for New York State. The reason given is that funding added to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program in 2009 under the federal stimulus program ran out Thursday. This could mean a cut of up to $36.00 in buying power to a family of four, as The News reports that over 2 million New Yorkers are enrolled in the federal food stamp program.
The bad news is not over with this cut as congress wants to cut the SNAP program even more. House legislation would cut SNAP by $40 billion over a decade, and would further require that recipients work or take work training 20 hours a week and would allow states to subject beneficiaries to drug testing. the Senate alternative would be a cut of $4 billion only.