With entitlement spending set to sour the state’s budget without some meaningful reform, one Democrat has a sweet proposal to help eliminate wasteful spending – by prohibiting sweets and junk food from being purchased with welfare handouts.
SNAP is a federal program administered at the state level designed to offer “nutritional assistance” to low-income individuals and families. A SNAP recipient is issued a “Lone Star Card” that works just like a debit card.
Rep. Raymond’s bill appropriately addresses a common complaint about the program – that many items such as the ones mentioned above provide little to no nutritional value at all, and that tax dollars should not be used to subsidize a welfare recipient’s junk food craving.
Both of these ideas would are small reforms that would go a long way to protect taxpayers while ensuring that only those truly in need of assistance are getting the nutrition SNAP is intended to provide.