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No Food Stamps For Lobster and Steak?

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Sen. Patty Ritchie, a Republican from Oswegatchie in St. Lawrence County, New York wants to stop the use of food stamps for “luxury items,” which include high-end steaks, lobsters and junk food. In 2014, the NY state budget restricted the use of public benefits for buying alcohol and tobacco.

While restricting junk food may fight obesity in the US, something tells me not many people are spending their government assistance on lobsters. It’s not like they have an unlimited amount of food stamps to spend. Feeding a family a lobster dinner would probably take up their entire allotted budget for a week.

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What sparked this proposed law?

Obesity

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More than a third of adults in the US are considered obese, but including being overweight, it’s shocking two-thirds of American adults. The states with the highest obesity rates are Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi.

Sen. Patty Ritchie, a Republican from Oswegatchie in St. Lawrence County, New York wants to stop the use of food stamps for “luxury items,” which include high-end steaks, lobsters and junk food. In 2014, the NY state budget restricted the use of public benefits for buying alcohol and tobacco.

While restricting junk food may fight obesity in the US, something tells me not many people are spending their government assistance on lobsters. It’s not like they have an unlimited amount of food stamps to spend. Feeding a family a lobster dinner would probably take up their entire allotted budget for a week.

The lowdown

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Ritchie’s bill would target what she calls “luxury food items,” which would block people from using their benefits to purchase certain foods that are either high-end (for example lobster, certain steaks, decorated cakes and energy drinks, etc) or foods that are not nutritious. The proposed legislation would require the state Office of Temporarily Disability Assistance to come up with a list of prohibited items.

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