Trump Budget Proposes Fee for SNAP Retailers

In its proposed Budget released on May 23, the Trump Administration proposed an "application fee" for retailers seeking to participate in the SNAP program and redeem SNAP benefits, formerly known as "food stamps." The fee would be paid during the authorization process (or reauthorization process for stores currently participating in the program). Store authorization lasts for several years.

The fee would be levied on a per-store basis (not per company), and would differ depending on how much business the store generates. For smaller retailers, the fee could be as little as $250, but for larger retailers it could amount to as much as $20,000.

NATSO opposes this proposal. Many NATSO members redeem SNAP benefits, and those that do play a critical role in enabling financially challenged Americans to obtain food, particularly in rural America. This fee could discourage SNAP retailers from participating in the program.

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David Fialkov

David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov direct's NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More
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