Houston Chronicle – The right fix: State should use federal fine as funding to improve food stamp program

It wasn’t so many years ago that Texas was rated one of the most efficient states in the nation in processing food stamps, a source of nutrition for millions of lower-income residents funded by federal dollars and administered by the state.

Then state officials launched a poorly thought out privatization and consolidation effort. In the case of food stamps, the system has contributed to one of the highest error rates in wrongful denial of applications and under- and over-payments to participants.

Texas — whose food stamp program serves more than 3.5 million recipients annually – was the worst performer in the nation last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.

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