Maryland isn’t paying back all the stolen SNAP benefits it should

By Brenna Smith, The Baltimore Banner


Ashley Burnside, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy who was not involved in the bill’s drafting, agrees that the language of the bill is clear. Theft victims are entitled to full reimbursement, not just for the retroactive period.

”Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me a ton,” Burnside said of DHS’ interpretation of state law. “At the end of the day, states are hesitant to spend their own revenue often when there’s opportunity to use federal dollars.”

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