Center applauds passage of cliff-edge benefits bill | New
LYONS – The Center for Rural Affairs congratulates the Nebraska Legislature on its approval of a bill to temporarily extend gross income eligibility for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), an initiative that is pushing Nebraskans to work.
Bill 108, which passed 33-11 last reading on Thursday, tackles the so-called “cliff edge” by increasing the eligibility threshold to 165% of the federal poverty line. This will allow beneficiaries to accept promotions and salary increases through their employer without fear of losing any assistance before they earn enough money to replace the benefit.
“The strong support this bill has received from rural senators is a key indicator, demonstrating how the problem has grown to affect Nebraskans in all corners of the state,” said Johnathan Hladik, director of policy. of the Center. “This is not a partisan issue or an urban-rural issue. Today our state needs workers, and the time has come to remove barriers to career advancement and wage growth. “
With a potential veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, Hladik urges senators to stick to their decisions and overrule the veto if the opportunity arises.
“Jobs need to be filled, and every case where an employee is dissuaded from advancing in the workplace is a barrier that needs to be removed,” he said. “LB108 encourages stable employment. When a family earns more, it’s good for the whole economy. “
Additional administrative costs resulting from the changes will be funded through the US bailout. The increase will expire when the bill ends on September 30, 2023. As part of the legislation, beneficiaries will be encouraged to participate in the SNAP Next Step program, if available in their county.