HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock will follow the lead of Connecticut and New York to keep $2 million in food-stamp benefits for Montana residents.
Bullock's office said Wednesday the Montana Democrat will increase home-heating assistance by $24,000 to preserve Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
The farm bill recently passed by Congress raises the amount of energy assistance that households in some states must receive to qualify for additional SNAP benefits.
Recipients in those states where nominal heating payments are tied to higher SNAP benefits must receive at least $20 in energy assistance before qualifying for the additional food-stamp benefits.
Bullock will increase the payments made through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program so 2,172 people will meet that threshold.
The governors of Connecticut and New York announced similar moves earlier this month.