Food stamps asset test elicits criticism, support at Maine hearing

Thomas Ptacek credits food stamps with stabilizing his life and putting him on the path toward self-sufficiency.

“I’m standing here today, working full time, making decent money, paying off a good and reliable car, investing in my future, taking on a hobby that makes me feel good, all because the (food stamp) program was a consistent and dependable part of my progress back to a fulfilling life,” said Ptacek, 48, of Portland.

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