Entries Tagged 'Food Stamps' ↓
August 11th, 2016 — City Administration Building, Food, Food Stamps, food tax, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls, Stop the Funding
You know my feelings on this. While the (business) community bands together to help a food bank charity, wouldn’t it just be better if these businesses paid their employees enough so they can buy their own food? I know we will never totally eliminate hunger. There will always be people who can’t afford food, such as those on disability or the elderly that can’t work anymore. But it is a sad when a working family can’t afford to buy their own food.
On top of that, the ignorance of our governor and state legislature raising taxes on food so we can pay ONE sector of public employees more (a program that is running into snags and not really working the way it intended).
It is time our lawmakers get serious about the minimum wage in our state and raising the wages of ALL workers in this state to compete with other states. Enough of selling us as a low wage state.
Of course some lawmakers still think it is all just a big joke. Our esteemed mayor took that opportunity when he jokingly said this during the above press conference about the administration building (about 6 minutes in);
“I like new and big buildings to . . . I do. Did I just say that? I think building new is better then remodeling.”
The poor and the hungry seem to be just a big joke to some people. Make sure the developers and contractors in this town stay well fed. And while we are planning to bond for a $22 million dollar administration building, we are proposing no wage increases for city employees in 2017. Better funnel some more money through the development foundation so they can give it to the food bank. Now that’s workforce development at it’s best!
September 24th, 2014 — Food, Food Stamps, food tax
I commend anybody who is willing to give towards combatting hunger in SD;
large donation from a Huron couple is helping a non-profit organization which fights hunger in the state.
With a food distribution to follow, officials with Feeding South Dakota announced the $1 million donation from Paul and Muffy Christen Tuesday.
The money will go into an endowment. Its interest will feed South Dakotans for years to come.
I think it is great many leaders and philantropists are coming forward in SD to help this charity, but I often wonder if these same leaders put the same amount of time and effort into raising wages in South Dakota and raising our quality of life if it would be time, energy and money better spent instead of helping these people once they hit the bottom of the pyramid. it would also be nice if we eliminated the sales tax on food.
Like I said, there will always be ‘hungry’ people in our state that need assistance, but let’s work harder to reduce those numbers by helping some of these people make a living wage. Prevention is usually the best cure to a problem.
September 9th, 2013 — Food, Food Stamps, food tax, Sioux Falls
I often cringe when I hear our mayor talk about the 3% unemployment rate in Sioux Falls, because when you compare that rate to how many people are receiving food stamps, something isn’t adding up. Sioux Falls is a bastion of ‘working poor’ who may have a job or several, but still must depend on government programs to get by and feed their families. Of that 3% rate, I am curious how many of these people are ‘underemployed’ or are working 50-60 hours a week and several jobs.
I challenge our finance director and mayor to give us the ‘real’ numbers when it comes to employment in SF.
DOC, County by County: WEB_SNAP_July2013
July 23rd, 2013 — Food, Food Stamps, Kristi Noem
New analysis finds that 14 members of Congress voted to continue farm subsidies from which they personally benefit while failing to continue nutrition aid for 47 million Americans. These members of
· Are each Republicans;
· Have a total net worth of up to $124.5 million;
· Have received a total of at least $7.2 million in
· Each previously voted to gut the SNAP
program by giving states large financial incentives to kick families off SNAP.
Rep. Kristi Noem
Republican—South Dakota At-Large
Total Farm Subsidies Received: $503,751*
Net Worth: -$464,992 to $674,999
Individuals in Noem’s home county, Hamlin County,
receiving SNAP Benefits: 462 (7% of Hamlin County’s
Vote on Southerland Amendment to H.R 1947 to Gut
SNAP: Rep. Noem voted YES on an amendment to gut
the SNAP program by giving subsidies to states that cut
off families’ benefits.
Vote on H.R. 2642: Rep. Noem voted YES to provide
farm subsidies for himself while allowing authorization
to expire for nutrition programs including SNAP.
*Total subsidies do not include any possible federal payments
March 4th, 2012 — Food, Food Stamps, food tax, State Funding, State Legislature
HB 1206 passed and the governor signed it on Friday.
It makes an appropriation for emergency food assistance grants and repeals the sales tax on food refund program.
Now if we can just get rid of that pesky food tax!
January 16th, 2012 — Food, Food Stamps, food tax, Martin Luther King
When you listen to this speech by MLK, you can’t help to think about our current situation, except it applies to ALL of the working class, not just minorities.
“A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will only be an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.” -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
FROM BREAD FOR THE WORLD
Let’s Do Something About Why People are Hungry.
There are many reasons. One is South Dakota’s tax on groceries.
• Grocery prices are up! The state can’t undo the high prices, but it could help by getting the tax off.
• Times are tough!
• Solutions are available! especially for the state portion (4%) of the food tax. This would help middle- and lower-income people. Most states do not tax groceries. No state bordering South Dakota taxes food.
• The food tax refund program is not the answer. It now reaches only 264 households in the whole state, despite much greater need. These types of programs are inherently ineffective.
• Cutting the food tax is the right thing to do. This tax hurts. What people pay annually in food tax (state + city tax) could buy their food for 3 weeks.
What to do? Enough people need to ask state legislators to start cutting the food tax. To join an email network of advocates, send your name, address & phone to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Dakotans ended the tax on medical services and outlawed paying to use toilets. You don’t pay a tax before you can vote or before you can breathe. No one should have to pay a tax before they can eat.
August 28th, 2011 — Food Stamps
These numbers about food stamps should tell us just how well the economy is doing and the ineffectiveness of certain government mandated programs;
• The number of people on food stamps in South Dakota has jumped 75 percent in the past five years.
• 1 in 8 in South Dakota is on the program
• In 2009, the latest year numbers were available, food stamp participants in this state spent $111.2 million.
• C-Stores make up a more then a 1/3 of food stamp vendors (36%)
Like I have said in the past, people who need food stamps should get them, but there needs to be certain restrictions, IMO;
The high number of convenience stores in SNAP alarms public health advocates. “There’s not a lot of good, healthy food in convenience stores,” Brownell said.
In an era of rising obesity rates, some argue that restrictions should be placed on what people can buy with their EBT cards. Without restrictions, participants often eat foods that lead to health problems, which then lead to higher costs in government-run health care plans.
“It doesn’t seem to me that government should buy things that make people sick and then clean up the mess later,” said Kelly Brownell, director of the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
This is a perfect example of restrictions. I’m not saying that vendors like C-Stores cannot participate, I’m just saying certain products should not be available for purchase with food stamps. We live in a modern society that relies on barcodes, it is very easy to block out certain items from purchase with food stamps. This is not rocket science.
But Jeff Lenard, spokes-man for the National Association of Convenience Stores, disputes the idea that conveniences stores are a source only for snack foods and pop.
LMFAO! Yeah, because every time I am in line behind someone paying with a EBT card at a C-store, they are buying fresh fruit, milk, bread and eggs . . . In fact I have never once seen anybody buy anything healthy from a C-Store with an EBT card. I think the closest was a guy buying chocolate milk. And even if they were buying healthy food, it costs a lot more to purchase it from a C-Store then from a grocer. It makes zero sense to allow people to buy unhealthy, expensive food with government money, but hey, the Pentagon buys expensive shit we don’t need all the time.
I am all for convenience when it comes to the EBT card, especially for the elderly and handicapped, but seriously folks, this system needs to be fixed, not just to save taxpayers money, but to provide healthy food to people who are using it. I think everyone should go to bed on a full stomach in one of the richest countries in the world, but there is a better way to achieve that goal.
August 7th, 2011 — Food, Food Stamps, food tax, South Dakotans
Okay, so the state department of revenue just chooses to ignore a state law for decades (instead of just telling the legislature to fix it) Then all of sudden decides they must enforce it? Then says if you want to skirt the law, you can go thru a complicated application process for something you may do a couple of times a year? Then, the kicker, since they can’t tax people who receive free food (from food banks and churches) they have to tax the food these orgs are giving away? WOW! Talk about having to pay extra for a undercooked shit sandwich;
About 275 organizations statewide that give away food to needy people might be forced to pay a long-unenforced sales tax, prompting some to worry the agencies simply will stop providing food to the poor.
At issue is a handling fee that agencies pay to the organization that supplies them with food.
A state law outlining the taxes has been on the books for decades. But it wasn’t until late last year that an audit discovered the maintenance fees existed and needed to be taxed, said Jan Talley, director of the state’s Business Tax Division.
“We are charged with enforcing the statutes of South Dakota,” she said.
Your charged with enforcing a law that you haven’t enforced for decades? So instead of just getting the powers of be to fix it, you have to be the assmunch instead and enforce it? Seriously?! Pierre is freaking broken, and this is further proof.
But the best part is the Argue Endorser’s online poll today;
I would like to meet these clowns that think it is okay to tax orgs that give food to the needy. I have a sandwich I would like to feed them. And it’s not made of turds.
July 26th, 2011 — Food, Food Stamps
Peeps so poor in SD they can’t buy food;
MITCHELL, SD – A new study shows more people in the Dakotas are enrolled in a federal program that provides food assistance.
Data from the Urban Institute shows enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increased by 58 percent in South Dakota between 2007 and 2010. North Dakota had an increase of 33 percent during that period. Nationally, the number of people using food stamps increased 69 percent between from 2007 to 2010.
Congress adopted the Federal Food Stamp Act in 1964 to help needy people buy groceries. The program cost approximately $60 billion in fiscal year 2010.
I saw a guy the other day pull up to the C-Store in a brand new car, nicely dressed, in his 30’s, grab a Mt. Dew and couple of candy bars and pay for it with his Food Stamp Card. I don’t have a problem with people getting food stamps, but it should be reserved for those in need of FOOD! Yet the good ole state of SD thinks we need to increase the sales taxes (on food to) to pay for stuff we already have money for. I call it the ‘stupidity cycle’.
February 15th, 2010 — Event Center, Food, Food Stamps
While our city ‘Leaders’ and supposed ‘Progressives‘ talk about increasing regressive taxes in Sioux Falls to build a $169 million dollar playground, WORKING people can’t even afford to feed their families;
South Dakota’s working poor slipping into food insecurity is a phenomenon emergency food agency heads already have recognized.
“We are seeing more people coming in where one or both parents have a job,” says Tamera Jerke-Liesinger, executive director of The Banquet. The Banquet fed notably more people in 2009 than previously.
The Feeding America report suggests 36 percent of households requiring emergency food aid have at least one employed adult. But 74 percent of those families have incomes below the federal poverty level. About one-third of those families reported having to choose between buying food or paying for utilities or housing, and 25 percent had to choose between buying food or medicine or food or transportation.
“Until the early 1980s, food stamps provided most of people’s food needs. But during the 1980s, so much of that public safety net kind of unraveled,” says Hugh Grogan, Minnehaha County human services director.
“It used to be there was almost no way you would not qualify for food stamps if you were poor,” Grogan says. “Now there are lots of ways.”
Also, food stamps don’t go as far as they used to, according to Davidson. “With bigger families, food stamps just aren’t enough,” she says.
Gassen said the numbers in the Feeding America report on the working poor “told a unique story about South Dakota. People are reaching out for hope. They’re not doing nothing, trying to get free food.”
I started thinking about this the other day. Like I mentioned previously, taking $50 million out of the economy by giving it to the city in the form of new taxes actually takes money away from local businesses, which is very BAD for the economy. The irony of all this is that the Events Center Task Force has said that the EC would have a $52 million dollar impact on the city each year. So if you subtract those numbers, it seems building the EC would have only a $2 million dollar impact each year. Whoo-Hoo! What are we waiting for, we are losing money!!!!!! Let’s get it built!