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March 7, 2018

Concern Over Trump's Food Stamp Plan 'Overblown'

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – and that may be proven true if a plan involving food stamps becomes reality. Still, OneNewsNow found someone who likes the proposed approach.

March 2, 2018

SNAP Food-Box Proposal Is A Tough One To Swallow

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

There’s no question the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps, is past its expiration date for reform.

February 24, 2018

Chopping Food Stamp Choices... And Taxpayers' Dollars

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"I think it has merit for at least discussion," responds Dr. Merrill Matthews of The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). He says the current SNAP program allows recipients to choose from a wide selection of food.

February 24, 2018

Battle Brews in DC Over Food Stamp Cuts

Merrill Matthews, a scholar with the Irving, Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation, a conservative think tank, contends that the president’s approach has merit and should at least be tried as a pilot program in some states.

November 12, 2015

Immigrants Getting More Help Than You Realize From White House

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Immigrants coming to the United States are getting a free hand from the Obama Administration. And more of a free hand than you even realize.

November 10, 2015

Upside and Downside of Investing in a myRA, Uncle Sam's Newest Savings Plan

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

"Don't bother with the myRA," said Giovanetti. "The myRA is touted as a safe, easy, affordable savings plan for workers -- it invests in only U.S. Treasury securities. The website brags about how there are no fees and no complications for employers, and that it's a Roth IRA."

August 12, 2015

ADA and Disability

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Dr. Merrill Matthews in a recent column wonders why we are seeing such a dramatic increase in people receiving disability payments. Shouldn’t the new technologies and greater access to buildings and facilities make it possible for fewer Americans to receive payments? That is not what has happened.

July 6, 2015

Financial Implications Of Same-Sex Ruling For Older Couples

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Means-testing rules for Medicare could mean higher premiums for some same-sex couples on two levels, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews.

June 9, 2015

HISD Summer Free Meal Program Is Underway

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

You may be surprised abuot who is eligible for the HISD free school meal program in which children up to the age of 18 can eat two meals a day for free, with no registration required. IPI's Merrill Matthews says costs might go down if enrollment was required.

June 2, 2015

The Alternate Plan: Texas Counties Pioneer Social Security Reform

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a new publication, The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security’s Disability Program, Dr. Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, outlines how Galveston County opted out of Social Security in 1981 with Matagorda and Brazoria counties following suit in 1982. The three counties instead adopted what’s known as the “Alternate Plan.”


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