Essay On Food Stamp Bill

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The Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday, May 13th to require food stamp recipients to use their food stamps only for healthy foods. The bill now travels to the Republican-controlled State Senate, where its future is unknown. In the previous legislative session, the State Senate refused to take up a similar bill. If the bill passes the State Senate, the state would need a waiver from the federal government to proceed with the program change. Other states, such as Missouri and Kansas, tried to pass similar legislation but were not granted the waiver from the federal government.

Abby Phillip, author of “Wisconsin Wants to Discourage the Poor from Spending Food Stamps on Junk Food,” explains the bill and its possible impacts. This article, published in the Washington Post, includes comments from legislators and business coalitions about the positives and negatives of the possible implementation of this bill.
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Others point out that the bill will have a financial benefit for taxpayers. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a supporter of the bill, states that “there is a direct financial benefit not just to the individual, which of course is obvious to have better health, but also to state taxpayers and society as a whole.” Representative Robert Brooks of Saukville, a supporter of the bill, adds that this bill wouldn’t dramatically change what one would buy at the grocery store. He argues that in his home “less than 10 percent or 20 percent” of food that he bought at the grocery store would be restricted in this

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