Hawaii’s minimum wage hike could impact food stamps for some
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Hawaii’s minimum wage increased this week to $12 an hour. The increase will mean an average of about $300 more per month for workers at that wage.
But it could also impact their ability to collect food stamps, officials said.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is based on gross monthly income.
Joseph Campos, deputy director of the state Department of Social Services, pointed out that this is not the only factor considered to determine eligibility.
“Medical costs, other household size factors, so there are different things,” Campos said, adding that SNAP recipients shouldn’t panic.
“Let the process go,” he said.
Campos said DHS will help those who are about to lose their benefits when it comes time for their exam.
He added that the federal government could have offset the increase in wages by increasing the requirement for those receiving food stamp benefits.
Higher income rules have jumped 12.5% due to soaring inflation, which could protect most people’s benefits. Currently, 160,000 Hawaii residents are enrolled in the SNAP program.
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