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opinion | Simon Waxman

Photo ID requirement for EBT is wasteful, punitive

SNAP decisions

On June 20, Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan completed a brief stint on food stamps, learning firsthand what it’s like to stave off hunger with $31.50 per week in public money. But battles over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as it is officially called, were just getting started.

The Massachusetts Senate approved reforms to the department, which came in response to a report from State Auditor Suzanne Bump detailing $2.4 million in benefits abuse and another $15.6 million in suspicious payments made with electronic benefits transfer numbers and cards.

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