Oregon Gets $5 Million In 'Bonuses' For Expanding And Servicing The Welfare State

Lars Larson
By Lars Larson | September 29, 2011 | 11:24 AM EDT

Yesterday, I received a press release from my home state’s government boasting about $5 million in federal “bonuses” it was awarded - for its success and efficiency in adding more people to its entitlement program and supporting them with tax dollars.

Oregon's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, has again ranked among the best in the nation, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week, the release says.

The state earned one award for ensuring that people eligible for food benefits receive them and a second recognition for its swift processing of applications. The two awards combined bring a $5 million performance bonus to Oregon.

This is the fifth consecutive year Oregon has been recognized for exceptional administration of the SNAP program. But, it's the first time Oregon has earned a timeliness bonus. SNAP is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

The press release goes on to describe how the number of Oregon residents dependent on this government program has skyrocketed:

“Since July 2008, the demand for SNAP in Oregon increased more than 60 percent. In August 2011, about 785,000 Oregonians received benefits, meaning that about one in five Oregonians receive food stamp benefits.”

So, here’s what Oregon is proud of.