Stamp Act

Evans, M. Stanton
September 1977
National Review;9/30/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 38, p1116
This article focuses on the efforts of the U.S. Congress to reform the federal food stamp program. In 1965, when the program was in its infancy, annual budget outlays totaled $35.1 million. In 1976, the tab was $5.6 billion, almost two-thirds of the total budget of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA). Moreover, the program was criticized for providing easy eligibility standards, allowing applicants to deduct their payments for houses, cars, day care facilities and get qualified for food stamps. It was reported by the DOA that in 1976, 197 per cent of food-stamp payments went to ineligibles, with another 6.9 percentage points involved in erroneous under or over-payments.


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