Vermont leaders speak out against proposed cuts to food stamps

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont leaders are again speaking against proposed federal cuts to food stamp programs that would cut the number of local recipients.

The Trump administration is considering the new rules. They would change the way utility costs are calculated when determining benefit amounts. State leaders say this will cut about $25 million in food stamp benefits to Vermonters.

Right now in Vermont, the average monthly payout is $216. Under the proposed rule, that would fall by $82. Leaders think this will disproportionately affect the state's older population and people with disabilities.

"In Vermont, we take care of people who need our help. We stand up for folks who need our help. We have their backs. This is a time for us to speak up and speak out against this proposed rule that's gonna hurt older Vermonters and folks with disabilities," said T.J. Donovan, D-Vt. Attorney General.

Leaders are encouraging people to submit comments ahead of the rule change. You can do that by visiting Hunger Free Vermont's website to submit comments. Click here for more information. The deadline is Dec. 2.