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State To Continue Funding Food Stamps Through Shutdown

Governor Pence announced today the state will fund food stamp and welfare recipients through the government shutdown.

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Photo: Stacy Lynn Baum (Flickr)

Money for food stamps will run out if the government shutdown lasts too long.

Governor Mike Pence said today the state will fund food stamps and welfare benefits through at least October even if the government shutdown doesn’t end.

If the federal government shutdown is prolonged, funding for food stamps and welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF will run out sometime within the month.

Governor Mike Pence announced today Indiana will use state dollars to ensure food stamps are funded through the end of October and TANF through November.

Pence says the state will try to recover those costs from the federal government once the shutdown ends, but he’s prepared to proceed even if Indiana can’t get its money back.

“Hoosiers expect the leadership in this state to do what we can to mitigate the impact of a lapse in any of these programs on our citizens because we can do it, we should do it,” Pence said.

The administration says funding will come from a variety of state sources. Pence says if the shutdown lasts beyond October, he will ask the state Office of Management and Budget to reevaluate funding options.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • penni

    Your photo and article don’t seem to go together but that’s alright I like the story the photo tells better than the article. Priceless. That’s the story that needs covered. Wisconsin residents no longer can purchase junk food with stamps. You would think there would be enough smart people in Indiana to think of that .

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