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Statehouse to become Habitat for Humanity construction zone

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — This spring lawmakers will set aside legislation and instead pick up hammers to build a Habitat for Humanity house on the Statehouse lawn. “Homeownership is still truly the American dream,” Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, said, “but it still continues to elude far too many Hoosiers.” In March legislators from […]

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Pair facing more than 90 felony counts after an investigation reveals food stamp fraud

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation has ended in the arrest of two Indianapolis residents accused of running a scheme that defrauded the state’s food stamp program. Tarita Vaughner and Reginald McGraw were arrested and charged with more than 90 felony counts. Vaughner, who was an employee of Xerox, which administers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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No vote on bill to eliminate asset test for food help

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee debated a bill Monday that has the potential to provide food assistance to more than 1,000 additional Hoosier families. The Children and Family Services Committee did not vote on Senate Bill 549, which would eliminate a requirement that the state consider a family’s assets in determining […]

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How the safety net cuts poverty rates across the country

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Without Social Security, the poverty rate among senior citizens in the U.S. would be more than 50 percent; instead, it’s just 14.6 percent. For people of all ages, food stamps cut the poverty rate by about 10 percent, and they reduce poverty among those under 18 by even more than that. […]

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Bill to require welfare drug testing passes to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Welfare recipients would be subject to random drug testing under a bill passed Tuesday in the Indiana House. House Bill 1351, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville would require some recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families to undergo drug testing. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. […]

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House acts to expand nutrition requirements to all food stamp recipients

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require SNAP food stamp recipients buy only products deemed nutritious was expanded Monday to include all Hoosiers who participate in the program. As approved by a committee last week, House Bill 1351 – authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville – would have created a pilot program to […]

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Food aid help will be shifted to new schedule starting next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1 million food aid recipients in Indiana will have their benefit payments shifted to new days next year in a change sought by the state’s grocers. Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps – will still receive the same amount of money for food […]

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Federal food aid benefits to drop starting Friday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 925,000 Hoosiers who rely on government assistance to purchase food will receive fewer benefits starting Friday when a program enacted during the economic downturn expires. The cuts will mean $36 less in monthly benefits for a family of four or about $11 less for a single person […]

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Commentary: The great food stamp experiment

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I’m experimenting with food stamps – well not really. I am using my own money to prove a point. Allow me to explain. Lately there has been a lot of talk by what I label as the “limousine liberal” class that people on food stamps – now called the Supplemental Nutrition […]

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Survey: One of five Americans struggling to afford food

 By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Despite record food stamp enrollment around the country and an economy considered to be on a modest upswing, the Great Recession is continuing to take its toll on many Americans who struggle to put food on the table, a Gallup survey released this week found. Nearly one in five Americans found it difficult to pay for […]

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