You may have recently heard the news relate to people in Michigan winning the lottery, but they are still allowed to collect food stamps. The program is under scrutiny because there are millions of people around the United States who are struggling from day to day. Hitting jackpots but still being allowed to collect unemployment seems a little insane for those who are not hitting the jackpot. Taxpayers are working hard and giving their money to people, but it seems to be backfiring. The food stamp programs helps keep poor families, single mothers and a lot of other people afloat during this rough economy.
A lot of people are stepping forward and trying to put a stop to those collecting food stamps after they win the lottery. Just the food stamp program in the United States cost almost $75 billion dollars. This is at the expense of tax payers as well. There are over 45 million people who rely on food stamps each year to help them buy groceries. Tax payers are arguing that they have a right to know where their tax dollars are being spent.
The people who need it should be the people receiving the assistance. Each state is doing what it can to try and crack down on those who are seeking benefits from food stamps. For example, if you live in Pennsylvania, you can no longer have more than $5,500 dollars in a savings account. If you do, you are not eligible for food stamp benefits. Most states do it a little differently and that is what’s getting the program in trouble. Anyone who is on welfare can automatically qualify for food stamps.
States say that the reason they participate in doing it this way is because the entire enrollment process is easier this way. Some states also say that they put these rules in place because otherwise most people would not qualify for food stamps. There needs to be a fine balance between those who need food stamps and those who are eligible. Each law in each state is different. Some follow the federal guidelines and others have adopted their own.