Saturday, July 19, 2008

Welfare, Public Hearing Notice & Agenda
August 19, 2008 9:00 am

Notice Of Public Hearing To Adopt
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,
Medicaid, Food Stamp, and Child Care Program
Policy and State Plan Amendments

DATE: August 19, 2008
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
Via Video-conference at the following locations:

Carson City
Legislature Building
402 South Carson Street
Room #3138
Carson City, Nevada

Las Vegas
Grant Sawyer Building
555 East Washington Avenue
Room #4401
Las Vegas, Nevada

Nevada’s poor will have to tighten belts more if food stamp, welfare cuts OK’d

By Timothy Pratt, Las Vegas Sun, Fri, Jul 18, 2008

Just when a souring economy is making life tougher for a growing number of poor Nevadans, the state is preparing to cut back on the services designed to help them.

The proposed changes would yank some people out of programs faster, punish others for longer periods when they don’t keep promises and make children and other family members pay when heads of household don’t follow the rules.

Cuts in the food stamp and welfare programs are needed, officials say, because of shrinking federal reserves and state funds. Increased demand for those services, they add, is making the situation worse.

New rules for the public assistance programs will go into effect this fall, and the public’s last chance to comment on the proposals will be at Aug. 19 hearings in Las Vegas and Carson City. On that date, Nancy Ford, administrator of the Welfare and Supportive Services Division, is expected to decide which ones the state will adopt; if she follows the recommendations of her staff, she will approve all of them.

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