Audit of Ohio’s Food Stamp Recipients
Under a provision in the Senate’s version of the upcoming state budget, Ohioans who receive food stamps would be required to undergo a new “asset test” that determines their total worth and the value of any vehicles they own.
Senate President Matt Huffman, a Republican from Lima, said the test is aimed at making sure needy recipients of food stamps – or what is now known as SNAP – get what they are entitled to.
As the emergency federal benefits enacted during the Coronavirus pandemic expire, those opposing the Ohio bill argue that it comes at the worst possible time. This comes on the heels of the expiration of the $300 unemployment check, as well as the eviction moratorium.
As of today, only income determines eligibility for food stamps. Families of three who earn about $2,350 a month, or 130% of the poverty level, will qualify.
According to the Ohio Senate measure, using a vehicle to work, to transport a physically disabled family member, or to transport heating fuel or water for home use would still be legal.
According to Ohio’s data in the American Community Survey, most people have 2 cars and 40% of the Ohio population rents their homes.
The average age of a car on the road is 12 years. Here are the values of the 3 most popular cars, of that age, in Ohio.
- 2009 Honda Accord sedan: $4,884
- 2009 Chevy Malibu: $3,541
- 2009 Ford F-150: $4,571
Owning these vehicles could disqualify Ohio Food Stamp recipients from receiving benefits under the “Asset Test”