First, a few facts. Today the program provides monthly stipends to more than 40 million Americans, including about 3.8 million Texans. The annual cost has been falling and was about $68 billion last year.This week the House is expected to vote on legislation that would renew and reform the program. Currently, there is a work requirement for those in the SNAP program who are able-bodied adults without dependents between the ages of 18 and 49 (they have to be at work, in school, or in a job-training program at least 20 hours a week).The bill now moving in the House would increase the age limit for the work requirement to 59 and expand it to cover parents of children older than 6. It would also increase the weekly work requirement to 25 hours.These aren’t unreasonable requirements. But what draws our interest is another provision that would significantly increase funds for states to use for employment and training programs that could help people transition out of poverty.Under this bill nationwide, funds for SNAP employment and training would soar from $90 million to about $1 billion and Texas would see an increase from $18.1 million to about $93 million. That’s new money… Read full this story
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