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Local Politics: Maybe the cruelty really is the point

Back in 2008, Joe Biden gave a speech in which he said , “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” At present, the Ohio General Assembly is in the process of finalizing the state’s biennial budget, which, in addition to funding the many functions of government, clearly communicates Republican values. Primarily the party’s cruelty and hypocrisy.

On page 2,019 of the 3,300-page budget bill , Senate Republicans have inserted a series of measures that serve to cut off benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly referred to as food stamps or SNAP benefits) for people who have the temerity to actually save a little money, pick up an extra shift or to drive anything other than an absolute junker of a car.

The Senate has done this via a proposed provision requiring the state to cut off SNAP assistance to households that save up $2,250 or more, while also imposing a requirement known as “change reporting,” which requires recipients to report every fluctuation in income worth $500 or more within 30 days. The proposal also seeks to include vehicles valued at more than $4,650 as assets for purposes of probing savings, meaning that if your car […]

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