Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: How House SNAP Cuts Would Make it Harder for Low-Income Workers to Get Ahead

Jul 10, 2013

By Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Regardless of ideology or political party, Americans overwhelmingly agree that our safety net programs should support low-income workers in their efforts to become self-sufficient – and that these programs should not leave workers worse off when they get a raise or increase their hours.  But few know that the changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) made by the House Agriculture Committee would have done just that by forcing all states to enforce “gross income limits” that cut SNAP recipients off if they earn just a dollar more than the threshold.

Such policies create a “poverty trap” or “cliff effect” that make it harder for workers to get ahead, as explained in this video from the Indiana Institute for Working Families.




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