“It will disadvantage some states,” said Helen Jensen, emeritus economics professor at Iowa State University. “They look at what they think are standards of living that are needed in their own context and make adjustments in the way that they administer the SNAP program. From that perspective, it won’t have a neutral effect.”
She said for administrative purposes, the utility change may make things easier but it reduces some of the autonomy states have had in implementing the SNAP program.
Jensen: Proposed SNAP changes will affect some states