In the news today, the US Government shut down, due to lack of funding. Or, at least, parts of the government shut down. Certain parts, like the military, are still running.
Personally, I had no idea this was going to happen. When it comes to government finances, my attention was fixed on the food stamps program, also called EBT. The government starts a new fiscal year today, and with it comes a partial cut in the funding for the food stamps program.
The poverty line in Portland, OR is $1,771 a month. Half the time, I make more than the poverty limit, and half of the time, I don't. For example, last month, I made $1784.13. I'm sure when taxes are removed from that, I'll be well under the poverty line.
For the entire summer, I made around $1,959 per month. I think that puts me above the poverty line. I don't know, because taxes haven't been removed yet. But I was fairly confident I was above the poverty line this summer.
Therefore, I was surprised last month, when I learned that I was given regular food stamps during the summer. Now my account has over $700 on the card, and there is no way I can eat that much food by myself. I don't know what went wrong, because the government received notice of my paychecks during those months, and it should have known I was out of poverty during that quarter. I mean, I personally visited the government offices twice over the summer and gave them my full budget information.
...Maybe there's a reason the government shut down, due to lack of funding today.