MAINE, TENNESSEE, AND ARKANSAS MULL BANNING THE USE OF FOOD STAMPS TO PURCHASE SUGARY FOOD ITEMS

Maine Gov. Paul LePage and fellow Republicans in two other states are now renewing their efforts to restrict food stamps in the hopes that Trump will be more amenable than the previous administration.

In 2011, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration rejected then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban for food stamp recipients and in June, he raised “significant” concerns with LePage’s proposal, saying there’d be no meaningful way to evaluate whether the ban changed the way recipients bought sweets.

“We don’t allow people to buy alcohol and cigarettes with welfare dollars, why should we allow people to buy junk food that leads to just as many health problems?”‘ said Tennessee Rep. Sheila Butt, a Republican, who hopes Trump will give states more power over the state-run SNAP program.

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