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Add Massachusetts to the list of states House Speaker John Boehner thinks are cheating because they're following the law as they move to block food stamp cuts. Massachusetts follows a series of states in acting entirely within the new law to thwart the congressional Republican push to cut nutrition assistance:
Under the plan announced by Gov. Deval Patrick, the state will provide at least $20 in heating assistance to about 163,000 eligible families, which in turn will make those families eligible for an additional $80 a month in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program — formerly known as Food Stamps.

Administration officials said the move would prevent a loss of $142 million in SNAP benefits. [...]

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program will use federal funding to provide the $3 million needed to increase the benefit, according to a spokesman for the agency.

Such state actions, which have also been announced in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Montana, mean that a significant percentage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts recently passed by Congress have been blocked. That said:

If you live in one of the eight remaining states where low-income Americans are still facing the threat of food stamp cuts—California, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington, or Wisconsin—then click here to sign and send a petition directly to your governor, urging him to take the appropriate action to restore food stamp funding.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and Daily Kos.

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