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House panel votes to undo post-financial meltdown food stamps expansion

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The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to take food stamps away from 229,000 Floridians, including 157,000 children and 44,000 elderly and disabled people. CS/SB 581, approved 18-9, would return eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, to pre-recession levels, Republican sponsor Frank White said. No state money is at issue, he said — the program is financed entirely by the federal government, although the state goes halves on administration costs. “I think every tax dollar is…

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Unlike other states, Fla. still bans food stamps for drug cons

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Some states recently have been moving to ease or eliminate restrictions on food stamps for people with drug convictions. Florida isn’t one of them. It’s now one of a handful of states that still prohibits drug-felony ex-cons from getting help. But its neighbor to the north is, reports Stateline, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ state policy blog. Both states have Republican-controlled Legislatures and a Republican governor. Earlier this year, Georgia removed its ban on drug felons receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, a…

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Jeff Atwater announces “Cash for Cards” food stamp fraud operation

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Two Orlando residents accused of siphoning thousands in food stamp benefits from the government were arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Florida chief financial officer Jeff Atwater announced. “Today, two criminals found themselves exactly where they belong, and that’s behind bars,” Atwater said. “By stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public assistance benefits, they’ve stolen from the state of Florida and from every Florida taxpayer whose tax dollars support critical safety net programs. With their arrests, I…

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