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A new report from the Center for American Progress looks at the economic consequences of cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as the House leadership budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 will likely propose. The map below looks at the state-by-state impact of a potental 10 percent reduction in spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through harsh measures to reduce eligibility. We estimate that these measures would result in 96,000 jobs lost, take millions of meals off the table, and undermine the stability of tens of thousands of American families.
This map is updated to reflect a correction that recalculates the number of meals affected by a 10 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Source: Meals cut estimated by CAP based on the average cost of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thrifty Food Plan for a family of four, which is $1.62 per meal. The per meal amount is multiplied by the value of a 10 percent cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Estimated job loss from Jeffrey Thompson and Heidi Garrett-Peltier, "The Economic Consequences of Cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program."
Donna Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.