Expert Interview

Jared Bernstein: The Case Against Block Grants

Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the program that most efficiently and effectively meets the needs of low-income families. SNAP responds quickly to bad economic times, helping more people as need increases and fewer as need decreases. Block granting it would undercut its effectiveness and be a budget cut in disguise.

Bottom line: It ain’t broken, so stop trying to fix it.