This report documents the harmful effects of Washington State’s policy of denying food stamps to former drug felons. This report identifies which groups are most hurt by the drug felony disqualification and illustrates how this policy is unsound.
The Food Stamp Program is one of the most cost-effective public assistance programs available to states. This is because the federal government covers the entire cost of food stamp benefits, and states only pay half of the administrative costs. By increasing food stamp allocations, Montana could ensure that people have sufficient food. Such an increase would benefit local economies through increased federal dollars.