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Mayor Jonathan Rothschild signs letter to President Trump opposing cuts to SNAP benefits

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 11:49:01-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Think of the last time you wrote someone a letter and signed your name.

Such a gesture was usually followed by the anticipation of receiving a reply.

That's what Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and more than five dozen Mayors across the country are waiting for from President Donald Trump.

"If we can have people fed," Rothschild said, "we can have a much safer and stronger and more economically viable community."

The letter positions the Mayors, including Rothschild, against President Trump's proposed cuts to food stamp benefits.

That includes those who live off benefits in Arizona.

"Statewide, there's been calculations made that this would affect over 30,000 families," Rothschild said.

The Trump administration says the cuts could save $2.5 billion dollars a year.

Mayor Rothschild says cuts to food stamps would affect the most vulnerable in Tucson.

"The proposal would hurt principally: children, families who do not earn a lot of money, seniors and disabled folks."

Asked what would serve as an option for these families if cuts happen, Mayor Rothschild replied "charities, again, putting the burden on the community."