"As Republicans take control of the White House and Congress this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and other GOP leaders are signaling the possibility of a major welfare reform bill in 2017 or 2018, including a fresh look at the food stamp program and its spending levels. Ryan has proposed converting food stamps to a block grant and allowing states to determine how to spend a diminished level of funding.
The push is being made with an eye toward improving public health and reducing health care costs as well as government food subsidies. State officials in Maine and Arkansas say that the ban on food stamp purchases of junk food would reduce their states’ obesity rates, contain Medicaid costs for low-income people and help ensure that beneficiaries use the program for its original intent – namely insuring a healthy diet for low-income families."
Source: The Fiscal Times 1/2/16, Read More >