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Fri May 1, 2015, 03:40 PM

Wisconsin Republicans Look To Keep Shellfish, Spices, Pasta Sauce Away From Families On Food Stamps

Low-income Wisconsin families won’t be able to buy shellfish with food stamps, and will have a much harder time getting basics like dried beans, pasta sauce, and cooking spices into their kitchens, under the latest state-level Republican proposal to tighten the government’s grip on the poor.

A bill proposed by state Rep. Robert Brooks (R) would ban stores from accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards for lobster, shrimp, and any other form of shellfish, and set a long list of additional rules for the first two-thirds of a recipient’s monthly spending. Lawmakers held a committee hearing Thursday on the bill, which would require a federal waiver to implement.

An average of 420,000 households received SNAP each month in Wisconsin in 2014. The average recipient household got $220 per month from the program last year. Brooks’ restrictions would apply to all but $72.60 per month for the average household affected. And even that amount could not be spent on any form of shellfish.

Next to other recent state-level SNAP restrictions, Brooks’ bill looks like an attempt at compromise. It mandates that at least two-thirds of a recipients food stamps be spent on designated categories of food, and leaves the last third unrestricted. Republicans in other states have sought outright prohibitions rather than Brooks’ partial, ratio-based ban. Brooks says he has resisted calls from colleagues to add steak to the list of banned foods. The ban on shellfish is more moderate than a ban on all seafood proposed by one Missouri lawmaker earlier this year, meaning that cheap sources of protein like canned tuna would still be unrestricted for Wisconsin’s poorest families.

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http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/05/01/3653919/wisconsin-food-stamps-shellfish/

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n2doc May 2015 OP
Hong Kong Cavalier May 2015 #1
liberal_at_heart May 2015 #2
hlthe2b May 2015 #4
daleanime May 2015 #5
Retrograde May 2015 #6
upaloopa May 2015 #3
kwassa May 2015 #7
sdfernando May 2015 #8
n2doc May 2015 #10
Lancero May 2015 #15
City Lights May 2015 #9
kairos12 May 2015 #17
okaawhatever May 2015 #11
BronxBoy May 2015 #12
HereSince1628 May 2015 #13
lpbk2713 May 2015 #14
dmr May 2015 #16
spanone May 2015 #18

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 03:42 PM

1. That must be the new thing.

Another state is proposing the same thing: banning all prepared foods. Even things like jars of pasta sauce.

I swear they really relish being cruel to the poor.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 03:44 PM

2. This cannot be allowed. It's one thing when they ban things that the poor hardly ever

use although that is wrong too, but spaghetti is a staple food for the poor.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #2)

Fri May 1, 2015, 03:55 PM

4. and dried beans? WTF?

These are evil people!

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Fri May 1, 2015, 04:03 PM

5. I know, insane right?

When your trying to live on a small food budget, dried beans are a necessity. And they are cheap! What reason could they have for restricting them?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Fri May 1, 2015, 04:12 PM

6. It's dried beans "in bulk" according to the article

which are (at least around here) about a third the price of packaged beans. Hmmm, I wonder if the Koch holdings include a bean brand or two?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 03:45 PM

3. They spend so much time on fucking over

people. Imagine if they put that energy into fixing real problems.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 04:14 PM

7. They will not be granted a federal waiver. This is a federal program.

What flaming assholes.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 04:15 PM

8. Pretty soon the only thing allowed will be

bread and water...oh and cheese because this is Wisconsin and they have to keep the dairy farmers happy so they will continue to vote for these morons!

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #8)

Fri May 1, 2015, 05:14 PM

10. And guns and ammo n/t

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #8)

Fri May 1, 2015, 06:23 PM

15. But only generic bread...

That is past its sell by date.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 04:18 PM

9. I have never seen a nastier group of people than those in today's GOPee.

Heartless, cruel, unsympathetic, controlling bastards.

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Response to City Lights (Reply #9)

Fri May 1, 2015, 07:28 PM

17. I would add downright evil.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 05:18 PM

11. Wait until the seafood lobby, pasta sauce lobby et al go after these guys. nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 05:45 PM

12. These morons...

Don't realize they are going to have explain to Wal-Mart and the other grocery chains why they are fucking with their income

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 05:59 PM

13. People on SNAP aren't 'shamed' enough, so now they need Prudish Government.

Prudish Government is the right-wing counterpoint to Nanny-Government.

CommUNITY it means strength by coming together. Of COURSE WI teahadists would oppose this...they can't stand the notion that the poor and weak could be made stronger.

Having entire strata of people who are poorer and weaker is an essential benchmark of white poor/working class who live by the notion that 'it could be worse'.

As things have become very bad, they find that they must work harder to make real people who have it worse.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 06:03 PM

14. "Let them eat cake."




The guillotine awaits.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 06:31 PM

16. Don't tell Reagan, he includes ketchup, too!

What a cruel, sob. Shame on him. Shame. Shame. Shame.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 07:33 PM

18. fuck them. hateful people.

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