Nevada Officials Consider Food Stamp, Welfare Cuts

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - As a souring economy makes life tougher
for growing numbers of poor Nevadans, the state is preparing to cut
back on the services designed to help them.

The proposed changes would yank some people out of programs
faster, punish others for longer periods when they don't keep promises, and make children and other family members pay when heads of household don't follow the rules.

Nevada officials say cuts in the food stamp and welfare programs
are needed because of shrinking federal reserves and state funds.
They add that increased demand for those services is making the
situation worse.

New rules for the public assistance programs will go into effect
this fall, and the public's last chance to comment on the proposals
will be at Aug. 19 hearings in Las Vegas and Carson City.

At the hearings, Nancy Ford, administrator of the Welfare and Supportive Services Division, is expected to decide which ones the
state will adopt. If she follows the recommendations of her staff, she will approve all of them.

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