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Wednesday June 3rd, 2015 1:41PM

Ga misses food stamp backlog deadline

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- State officials say Georgia missed the deadline to clear thousands of backlogged food stamp cases.

The failure means the state is closer to losing as much as $76 million in federal funding.

The state's human services commissioner, Keith Horton, held a news conference Friday in Atlanta to announce the agency hadn't met the deadline.

Federal officials told the state to process 30,000 high-priority cases by April 1, but the state missed that mark by 337.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( http://bit.ly/1lvr1W8 ) reports the state hopes to get a break despite the failure. It could lose as much as $76 million in federal funding if the backlog of cases isn't resolved by May 1.

The state's backlog of food stamp cases has been reduced from about 65,000 in late February.
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