Yet again, the federal administration has released a proposal for a federal rule change which threatens the SNAP benefits of 3.1 million Americans, cutting SNAP benefits over five years by $10.5 billion, while increasing SNAP administrative costs by $2.3 billion.
The new proposed rule would gut states’ options to eliminate SNAP asset tests and use a higher income test to serve more working households that have significant expenses for shelter and child care. This current policy option is known as “Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility” (BBCE). Illinois is one of 40 states that uses this efficient and effective policy.
Especially in states like Illinois where cost of living is high, BBCE allows families who have earned income but very high expenses to access SNAP as a way to make ends meet. BBCE combats the “benefits cliff effect,” it encourages savings and asset building, and it decreases the administrative cost of the SNAP program for Illinois. It is a policy that should be encouraged and strengthened, not eliminated.
That means we need you to submit a comment before September 23 opposing this harmful proposal. We need to send a message that SNAP is a vital support for workers, families, and our entire economy.
The Jobs Council has prepared a template comment specifically designed to help workforce provider organizations weigh in against this proposal. You can use it is a jumping off point – but be sure to include lots of your unique perspective so that your comment is one-of-a-kind. The more unique comments that are collected, the better chance we have at stopping this wrong-headed rule.
If you need some help crafting your comment, please reach out to me: firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-252-0462.
Thanks in advance for taking a stand to #ProtectSNAP.