Senate plan would probe assets of Ohio food stamp recipients

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Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, discusses the Senate passage of Ohio's two-year, $75 billion state budget, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Differences in how to pay for K-12 education are expected to dominate the next stage of deliberations, with the House and Senate taking different approaches to a long-term school funding solution. The two chambers must reconcile two versions of the budget by month's end

Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, discusses the Senate passage of Ohio’s two-year, $75 billion state budget, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Differences in how to pay for K-12 education are expected to dominate the next stage of deliberations, with the House and Senate taking different approaches to a long-term school funding solution. The two chambers must reconcile two versions of the budget by month’s end. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Senate version of Ohio’s upcoming state budget would require a new asset test for food stamp recipients that would measure their worth both by income and belongings such as cars.

Matt Huffman is the Republican president of the Ohio Senate. He says some people are taking advantage of the program and the goal of the asset test is to be sure benefits are reaching recipients who need them.

Kelsey Bergfeld is director of Advocates for Ohio’s Future at the Center for Community Solutions. She says the test will force low-income Ohioans to choose between having food and owning a car.

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