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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