Poverty stats show it’s not time to cut SNAP benefits

When will the facts matter? At some point, the facts have to make a difference. They did not on Thursday, when the U.S. House chose to whack away at SNAP on the same day the Census Bureau provided new information about poverty in Iowa and the nation.

• Fact: More Iowans were in poverty in 2012 than before the 2007-09 Great Recession. That is 377,500 people, or 12.7 percent of Iowans, up from 11 percent the year the recession started.

• Fact: About 110,200 Iowa children were in poverty in 2012, or about 15.6 percent — up from 13.1 percent in 2007 and 12 percent in 2001.


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