SB 1 Must Protect Progress in Rebuilding Eligibility System

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Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110

February 8, 2011

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The Texas eligibility system delivers over $25.7 billion in benefits annually, and more than 6.4 million needy Texans rely in these services. When our eligibility system fails, Texas loses out on billions of federal dollars that fuel our state and local economies—particularly during a recession when unemployment has risen and consumer spending has dropped.

We need to provide adequate funding to support the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's eligibility system and DSHS WIC/Farmer’s Market Nutrition services.