The State of Washington has sent me a check for $1.
I'm one of 250,000 Washingtonians on food stamps who received $1 checks this week.

The letter accompanying the $1 check encouraged us to deposit or cash it as soon as possible. This presumably is so the state will have the canceled checks to prove they jumped through the hoops of supplying money to the needy, so that the feds will step in with Obama's stimulus funds.

This means I'll get more food assistance and home energy assistance now.

A bailout for the lowest. I like that.

This was a shrewd move on the part of Washington State -- by spending just a trickle more ($250,000) on the neediest Washingtonians, they leveraged open a flood of federal money.

And people wonder why I don't want to leave Washington.

FROM THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_food_stamp_checks.html
Feb. 23, 2009

Washington sends $1 food stamp checks to 250,000

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state of Washington sent out $1 checks to the 250,000 food stamp recipients in the state.

The director of the Community Services Division for the Department of Social and Health Services, Leo Ribas, says the checks mailed Feb. 17 trigger an additional $43 million in federal food benefits. They also connect recipients to an energy assistance program.

Ribas says the $1 check is a one-time move to leverage the federal money. He says next year the state will be able to trigger the federal assistance through a routine deposit in food stamp accounts.

(with information from The Olympian)
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