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6/19/2017 10:17:00 AM
The effect SNAP cuts would have in Indiana, 5th Congressional District

Devan Filchak, Herald Bulletin

President Donald Trump's proposed budget would change Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in each state, including shifting $116 billion of the program's costs to the states.

While the costs the state would incur would roll out over the years until 2020, 25 percent of the 2016 fiscal year for SNAP benefits in each state would be lofty.

For Indiana, the average annual contribution based on the 2016 figures would be $267 million once the state is paying the full 25 percent. Over 10 years, Indiana could pay $1.8 billion, according to estimates by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The budget also proposes that minimum monthly benefit for primarily low-income seniors and people with disabilities. In Indiana, 24,000 households and 26,000 individuals received the minimum monthly benefit in 2015. The annual SNAP cut based on minimum benefit in 2015 would be $3,794,000 in Indiana alone.

In Congressional District 5, which includes Madison County, 21,656 households received these benefits. Out of those households, 27.7 percent included at least one or more people over the age of 60 and 58.1 percent had at least one person under the age of 18 in the household, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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