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By Nathan Beacom
Policy associate center for rural affairs 

Federal pandemic aid still needed for struggling Nebraskans


September 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the Midwest hard, Nebraska stands apart as the only state in the union halting the emergency boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits from the federal government, which allows recipients to receive the maximum benefit in food assistance.

Khalilah LeGrand, Nebraska Health and Human Services spokeswoman, argued that things are getting back to normal for workers and the assistance is no longer needed. Although unemployment is not as high as it was earlier in spring, it remains nearly double the rate measured in the beginning of the...

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