Second, when food stamps are universal, people will not lose benefits as they make more money, which means they will not have any incentive to avoid doing so. The way food stamp benefits are currently computed, every $1 increase in monthly income causes you to lose $0.30 in monthly food stamp benefits until you reach the cutoff point and lose benefits altogether. This means food stamp recipients face a marginal tax rate of 30 percent! That is not good for anyone, and so we should just get rid of the means-testing altogether, which a universal food stamp program would do.
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