More on Food Stamps for State Employees

From Action Andy Sher:
According to the state Department of Human Services, 968 of the state’s 39,012 workers are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal government’s food stamp program. That amounts to 2.48 percent of all state general government workers.
The food stamp program is designed to help low-income families buy food they otherwise could not afford.
Top Tennessee State Employees Association leaders, who obtained the figures from an Open Records Act request, say they are “shocked” by the number.
In a Sept. 28 letter, TSEA President Philip Morson and the employee group’s executive director, Robert O’Connell, urged Gov. Bill Haslam to take action.
“We can never let it be said that, in Tennessee, we don’t pay our state employees enough to put bread on the table,” the letter said.
Haslam spokesman David Smith said via email that “there are a number of variables for Tennesseans’ participation” in the food stamps program.
“The governor and administration continue to be focused on hiring and retaining the best and brightest to work in state government, and certainly pay is a piece of that puzzle,” he said.

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