Barber: SNAP program needs reform

Barber: SNAP program needs reform

PAWTUCKET - Independent candidate for House District 62 Rodney Barber says incumbent Democrat Rep. Mary Duffy Messier's plan to reintroduce a bill to reduce fraud in the state's food stamp program is a "good idea," but he wants more.

Requiring picture identification EBT cards is a start, said Barber. "I would start by reforming the SNAP program itself to be less conducive to fraud by centralizing the data and processing the data efficiently."

Barber said it is a "known fact" that waiting lines are long, and he said there is no recognition for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women. Documents get lost and SNAP recipients can get conflicting decisions in writing about the same case.

"It is time the Rhode Island Department of Human Services personnel compensated with our tax dollars received training to run the social programs efficiently and reduce fraud," he said.