An Obama administration program that is designed to hire up to 800 food lion workers is facing new scrutiny over how it will be funded.
The Obama administration has said the food lion program will hire 800 new food lion employees to help feed up to 7 million Americans, but critics say it will have the potential to cost the government as many as $5.5 to $7 trillion.
A new study by the libertarian Cato Institute estimates the cost of hiring the lion employees could be as much $4 to $5 trillion, based on a conservative estimate of the economic benefits of food lion work.
The program will employ roughly 800 food lions at locations across the country to provide a wide range of food assistance programs.
The lion employees will be paid $10 an hour, plus $5 for overtime, and have health insurance coverage, according to the study.
Food lion jobs could cost $5 billion per year, according the study, which says the lion program is “the most costly federal job creation program of the Obama administration.”
Food lion hiring has become a hot topic since President Obama announced in January that he was appointing a special envoy for the program, and his administration has been under intense scrutiny for its decision to expand food lion hiring in the face of mounting criticism over the program’s impact on Americans.
The Cato study, written by economist John Taylor of the Cato Institute, estimates the lion hiring program will cost $4 trillion.
The report also found that the lion hire program will “undermine” food safety protections and increase food prices in the U.S. by $2.7 billion per month.
The study, published Monday in the journal Regulatory Economics, estimated the lion work will cost the U: $5,834 per month in overtime and $1.1 billion in food stamp benefits over 10 years, according.
The program’s fiscal impact could reach as high as $9.2 trillion, according Cato.
The lion program has been criticized for its impact on American workers and families, with some of the lion workers facing food insecurity.
The Cato study said the lion employment program is likely to lead to “food insecurity” among food service workers, which “will be particularly bad for people who work in food service establishments and who live in rural areas, where food security is critical.”
In 2015, the Obama government estimated that food insecurity is the second-highest burden of chronic disease in the United States, behind obesity.
The study noted that food workers are likely to be more vulnerable to food insecurity due to their high workloads, which increases their risk of injury or death.