A plan to slash food subsidies for some Texas families who are diabetic has drawn criticism from some members of the Texas Legislature.
State Rep. Dan Pascrell, R-San Antonio, announced Monday that he would propose eliminating the state’s $100 per month subsidy for those making up to $200,000.
Pascrell said the $100 subsidy would be eliminated for any family earning less than $200 per month and that the state would continue to provide assistance to those making more.
Pascal Rochon, a spokesman for the Texas Association of Business, said in an email that Pasclls proposed changes would “put the health of our families at risk.”
The Texas Association for Business said Pascolls proposal is a “desperate attempt to grab even more revenue and power from the Texas economy and put the health and well-being of our citizens and taxpayers at risk,” while the American Medical Association, a trade group representing doctors, called his plan “dangerous and ill-conceived.”
In a statement to the Texas Tribune, Pascsells office said he plans to hold a press conference on Monday morning to discuss his plan.
He said his plan would not “eliminate” the statewide food stamp program and that he is “not trying to force anyone to use food stamps.”
In recent weeks, the Texas Senate has approved a bill to provide about $1 billion in state aid to more than 2.5 million low-income families.
It also includes an increase in Medicaid payments for the state program, which currently pays roughly $7 billion to low-wage Texans.
The House is considering an amendment to eliminate the food stamp subsidy for the next fiscal year.
In the Senate, the bill is supported by Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner, R.I., who chairs the Finance Committee.
The House is expected to take up the measure this week.