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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: To stimulate the economy, increase food stamp participation rates

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Jill Richardson's post on extremely low food stamp participation rates
in San Diego got me wondering how well Iowa does in getting eligible
people enrolled in this program. Bleeding-heart liberal that I am, I'd
like to see 100 percent of people who qualify for food stamps get
them, just for the sake of reducing hunger in our communities. But
let's leave ethical concerns aside for now. Economic researchers, most
recently Moody's Economy.com, have calculated that expanding the
food-stamp program produces more economic stimulus than any other kind
of government spending, and much more than any form of tax cuts. Every
additional dollar spent on food stamps translates into $1.73
circulating in the economy. ... The report for 2004 put Iowa in 22nd
place for food stamp participation and estimated that 61 percent of
the 286,000 people eligible for food stamps were receiving them.

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