CHCAGO (AP) – States across the nation are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule which could cause nearly 700,000 people to lose food stamp benefits.
States from Hawaii to Pennsylvania have filed a multi-state lawsuit, expanded publicly funded job training and created pilot programs. They’ve also doubled down on efforts to reach vulnerable communities, including the homeless, rural residents and people of color.
The new rules hit particularly hard in places like Illinois, which is dealing with a separate, similar change in the nation’s third-largest city of Chicago.
The Trump administration has said the new rule will get people working and save $5.5 billion over five years.