Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Analyzing the Legislative Language of TANF Transaction Blocking

Section 4004 of the Middle Class Tax Relief  and Job Creation Act of 2012 requires state agencies to block somehow the use of EBT cards for accesssing TANF benefits in liquor stores, casinos and adult entertainment businesses.

In an interview at a recent meeting of the Electronic Funds TransferAssociation Board of Directors Dennis Ambach, EFTA legislative director, analyzes the language of the bill and what it might mean for states.

Dennis Ambach is the Legislative Director of
the Electronic Funds Transfer Association and
explains the legislative requirements of
Section 4004 of the Middle Class Tax Relief
and Job Creation Act of 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Announcing the Launch of a New Farmers Market Advisory Group

The new Farmers Market Advisory
Group wants to expand SNAP and WIC
access to the nation's farmers markets.
Image courtesy of USDA

Jan Walters, of Jan Walters Consulting, announced last week that she and Ames Robb, the SNAP director for the state of Vermont, have started a Farmers Market Advisory Group.

The mission of the group will be to assist states on developing farmers market solutions for the SNAP and WIC programs. The goal is to increase access to farmers markets for participants of both programs.

There are several successful EBT operations across the country," says Ms. Walters. "We want to share that knowledge with states and organizations who wish to expand EBT access at farmers markets."

For more information, visit http://www.ebtmarketsolutions.com/.