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  • Michael Reich

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The Effects of Minimum Wages on Food Stamp Enrollment and Expenditures. Michael Reich, March 5, 2014, Opinion, "How do minimum wage policy increases affect enrollments and expenditures on means-tested public assistance programs? In this report we address this question for the case of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program. By definition, government spending on a means-tested program should decline as average earnings increase, insofar as benefit levels fall with increased earnings and insofar as the earnings increase makes some individuals ineligible..." Link