Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SNAP Benefit Reduction: Coming this November

Below, Corrections depicts the post-ARRA reductions in benefits coming this November.  The reductions to maximum benefits available by size to households of a given size vary by 5.5% and 6%, and are depicted in monthly dollar amounts below in red (click to enlarge).
The reductions will shave about $5 billion annually from SNAP payments to the approximately 48 million recipients.

Interestingly, the ARRA's plan was initially to allow inflation to whittle the benefits away: in August 2010, President Obama signed P.L. 111-226, which accelerated the sunset due to slow inflation (the bill was focused on reforming the Air Traffic Control system, and this was a rider).

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