Smart public investments at the federal level can create jobs, raise wages, increase education, and help unlock economic prosperity for more people and places in our country. Here are four ways the President’s plan would take North Carolina in the opposite direction:
1. Trump’s budget on food assistance: Slashes food assistance by $193 billion over 10 years and shifts the cost of more than $100 billion in SNAP benefits, a longtime federal responsibility, to the states.
Effect on North Carolina: North Carolina is the 8th hungriest place in the US, with 15.9 percent of our people not always knowing where their next meal is coming from. In 2015, SNAP reached 1.6 million North Carolinians, targeting the most vulnerable folks to help ensure that older adults, veterans, and children get enough to eat each day. SNAP benefits help to stimulate the state’s economy too, pumping upward of $2 billion into the economy. On average, from 2011 to 2014, SNAP benefits lifted 175,000 North Carolinians, including 81,000 children, out of poverty.