Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Iowa is "poised to approve some of the nation’s harshest restrictions" on food stamps, and "will need to spend nearly $18 million in administrative costs during the first three years" to do so


The proposed legislation was not a homegrown effort but the product of a network of conservative think tanks pushing similar SNAP restrictions in Kentucky, Kansas, Wisconsin and other states.


Iowa ended 2022 with a general-fund budget surplus of $1.91 billion. But at the start of the 2023 legislative session, Republicans made clear that limiting access to SNAP was a priority


Enacting the bill is expected to cost Iowa more than $17 million in the first three years, far more than the $2.2 million the state spends each year to administer SNAP.

The article discusses the think tank.