Maine Plans to Deny Food Stamps When Applicant’s Assets Top $5,000

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Media Outlet: The Portland Press Herald

“This discourages people from saving and having a cushion to fall back on,” said Rachel Black, a senior policy analyst for New America, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. “It’s antithetical to the idea of promoting self-sufficiency.”

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Rachel Black is the co-director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this role, she leads research, analysis, and public commentary around a portfolio of issues devoted to creating a more equitable public policy approach to  advancing a new vision for social policy that allows all families to thrive in an era of growing risk, uncertainty, and inequality.