HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut and New York are boosting spending in federal heating assistance to preserve far greater food stamp money in an end-run around federal budget cuts central to a massive farm bill.
Social service advocates are cheered by the decisions by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governors say spending a few million on heating assistance will preserve more than a half-billion food stamp assistance.
But a conservative think tank says the two governors are undermining the intent of the farm bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Heritage Foundation policy analyst Rachel Sheffield says 95 percent of food stamp funding is from Washington and "states don't have a concern about increased food stamp costs."