Bishops say Martinez’s changes to food stamp program “unconscionable”

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New Mexico has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, but Susana Martinez plans to require unemployed people to find work before they can receive food stamp support.

Today, New Mexico’s Catholic bishops called the move to take food assistance from the unemployed “unconscionable.”  

New Mexico’s Catholic bishops called “unconscionable” plans by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to reimpose work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans who want to qualify for food stamps…


“Undoubtedly these administrators believe they are acting in the state’s best interests, and in a strong economy their idea might be defensible,” the bishops said. “However, in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, it is unconscionable.”


Albuquerque Journal, Aug. 15, 2014