August 28, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he was signing on to a letter – along with 16 other governors representing 149 million Americans – to voice his opposition to a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that could negatively impact more than 46,000 Nevadans who currently receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This rule would effectively eliminate Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility and impose a resource test on all SNAP applications. This would result in an approximate 11% reduction in those who qualify for SNAP in Nevada, which represents approximately 46,000 people. Additionally, the rule impacts the type of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for which SNAP recipients may be eligible.
“If this rule takes effect, hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries across the United States, including 46,000 individuals right here in Nevada, would lose access to basic food assistance,” Governor Sisolak said. “This is an absolutely unconscionable act that would have dire impacts on the most vulnerable populations in our state, especially those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income children on free and reduced-price school meals.”
In addition to impacting residents who count on the program for their food security, this rule would result in an approximate decrease of nearly $10 million per month for the Nevada economy.