Oh SNAP! We have a huge overpayment error

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The number of people on food stamps has shot up from 35 million to about 50 million since the Drunken Sailors known as Democrat spenders took over both Congress and then the White House. Apparently a lot more people have learned how to game the SNAP system to get more than they are supposed to:

Food-Stamps-Annual-BenefitsThe graphic shows how the annual food stamp benefits paid has risen from 1 billion in 1970 to 76 billion in 2013, and the rise was not a gradual one. The annual benefits actually dipped during the time Reagan and Clinton were in office, and they never hit 30 billion until 2006.

It’s from 2006 to present that they have skyrocketed – 35 million to 50 million? This link is a pdf file with all the states and federal districts overpayment error rates for FY 2013 (you can see how your state compares!).

Below are the states that each have an overpayment error greater than the overall national average of 3.2% (DC, Guam, and the Virgin Islands are also greater). It’s interesting to notice that some southern states that have a large number of people living in poverty like Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana are not on this list.

The national overall average is 3.2% for overpayment errors in SNAP

List of States with SNAP overpayment error is greater than 3.2:

VERMONT 9.66
RHODE ISLAND 8.25
CONNECTICUT 7.13
MONTANA 6.00
KENTUCKY 5.78
COLORADO 5.59
NEVADA 5.51
ARIZONA 5.48
WEST VIRGINIA 5.24
GEORGIA 5.11
WYOMING 4.99
NEW YORK 4.79
NORTH CAROLINA 4.75
NEW MEXICO 4.55
HAWAII 4.39
ARKANSAS 4.34
ILLINOIS 4.27
OREGON 4.17
OHIO 4.12
IOWA 4.12
MINNESOTA 4.08
OKLAHOMA 3.99
KANSAS 3.99
NEW HAMPSHIRE 3.82
INDIANA 3.72
CALIFORNIA 3.63
PENNSYLVANIA 3.56
DELAWARE 3.53

Notice the top four states on this list:  Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Montana. These states do not have a large population, and most of their population is not living in poverty. Wtf?

The only thing Vermont and Montana have in common is a Democrat Governor

By the way, SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – more commonly known as Food Stamps. Oh, SNAP!

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