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Ohio Foodbank Leaders Happy That Food Stamp 'Asset Inquiry' Dropped From Budget

Ohio National Guard Specialist Parris Roberts picks up a box of food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank food distribution, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Leaders of Ohio’s food banks are thankful because controversial changes that made it harder for Ohioans to get food assistance were removed from the state budget. 

Those provisions included requiring food bank users with fluctuating wages to file far more paperwork, limiting the value of assets of recipients and making it harder for low-wage workers to keep food assistance.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks said she is grateful that these changes proposed by the Ohio Senate were removed by conference committee leaders.

“These are some of the most harmful provisions that we have seen introduced in decades," Hamler Fugitt said.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.