Food Stamps, Welfare Payments Continue To Hoosiers
October 9, 2013 — Hoosiers will continue to receive food stamps and welfare benefits through at least October even if the government shutdown doesn’t end. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Governor Mike Pence says the state will pick up the slack:
If the federal government shutdown is prolonged, funding for food stamps and welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF will run out sometime within the month. Governor Mike Pence announced Tuesday Indiana will use state dollars to ensure food stamps are funded through the end of October and TANF through November. Pence says the state will try to recover those costs from the federal government once the shutdown ends … but he’s prepared to proceed even if Indiana can’t get its money back:
“Hoosiers expect the leadership in this state to do what we can to mitigate the impact of a lapse in any of these programs on our citizens because we can do it, we should do it.”
The administration says funding will come from a variety of state sources. And Pence says if the shutdown lasts beyond October, he will ask the state Office of Management and Budget to reevaluate funding options. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.