By Mary Clare Jalonick | 11/19/13 09:03 AM
The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.
11/18/13 09:31 AM
Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Paycheck growth, especially for minimum-wage workers, is stagnant. Yet even lacking a full economic recovery, millions of needy families around the United States and in Massachusetts are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits this month....
11/18/13 09:29 AM
Even as negotiators struggle to write a final fiscal 2014 budget, one of Congress’ most liberal lawmakers laid out his own vision for what the government’s priorities should be — complete with big jumps in taxes and social spending and cuts at the Pentagon. Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont...
By Associated Press | 11/18/13 09:21 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Farmers markets in Minnesota saw a jump in the use of food stamps this year. Nearly 60 farmers markets in Minnesota accept food stamps.
11/15/13 10:41 AM
11/15/13 10:40 AM
(www.salon.com) By an overwhelming margin, Republican voters say they approve of the recent cuts to the program
By Associated Press | 11/11/13 11:50 AM
CHICAGO — Only hundreds of middle-class Illinois residents were able to sign up for health insurance last month on the crippled federal healthcare.gov website. But, ironically, the poor are having an easier time. They've been able to enroll in an expansion of the Medicaid program fairly...
11/11/13 11:49 AM
(www.theatlantic.com) The problem with increasing health-oriented restrictions on what can be purchased. Everyone from health advocates to conservative pundits have urged states to better regulate the items that should be eligible for purchase under SNAP.
11/11/13 11:45 AM
(www.washingtonpost.com) A diet fueled by food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry. Has the massive growth of a government feeding program solved a problem, or created one? Is it enough for the government to help people buy food, or should it go further by also telling...
11/11/13 11:05 AM
(nypost.com) Remember the ugly food fight in Louisiana last month? Police had to intervene after food-stamp recipients went wild at Walmart. They did so after word got out that the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards food-stamp recipients use to cash in their benefits were showing no limits. So...
By Byron York | 12/09/13
By Byron York | 12/09/13
By Richard Pollock | 12/06/13