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.
Gotta watch those food stamp loafers -- pigging out on lobster and filet mignon. Only in the fevered mind of a Republican.