PADUCAH — What are your dinner plans? Stay in and cook, or the more convenient, go through the drive through and pick something up?
How would you like the government to pay for that?
Louisville based Yum! Brands Inc. would like to see some food stamp recipients allowed to do just that in Kentucky.
The proposal would allow food stamp recipients to use their food stamp cards at fast food restaurants. But before that happens, lawmakers and business owners alike said there's a lot of unknowns that need to be chewed on for a while.
"I think it's a stretch," said Bruce Renfrew. "I think that the money would be better spent at the grocery store where they can get more for their money."
He thinks this move would give too much at a time where there's little to give.
"In this day and time, anything we can do to try and limit that draw on the government, we need to do it."
He said the food stamp program is good but too much of a good thing could be taken advantage of.
"It does help struggling moms, you know, young couples get food for their family," Renfrew said. "I think that there are the bad apples that take advantage of the system and that makes it hard on the people that really need the assistance."
Renfrew enjoys grabbing a bite to eat at Parker's Drive-in. He said it's good food, fast.
And owner Paul Parker thinks he'd see an increase in revenue right away but he also sees the other side.
"With any of those government-funded things, you also are going to have a lot of rules and regulations that are going to come with that."
Rules and regulations state representative Brent Housman thinks need to be looked over thoroughly.
"I think we need to look at how do you do it," Housman said. "It's such a big issue, I think we need to take the opportunity to look at other states to see what they're doing. How pervasive is this? How much have people taken advantage of this?"
In the end, Renfrew feels if lawmakers decide to pass a law like this, he'd be okay with it as long as it's regulated.
"The program is to assist people and if a person needs that assistance, far be it from me to deny them of that, but it's for the ones that abuse the system is where you have to draw the line."
If this makes it to the capital and passes, Kentucky would be the fourth state to allow people to purchase fast food with food stamps.