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January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Farm bill: Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture

I’m glad that Congress has made some headway and compromised for the farm bill [“Q&A: What’s in the trillion-dollar farm bill?” Politics, Jan. 28]. What wasn’t mentioned is that at least 50 billionaires, or businesses in which they had a financial stake, collected farm subsidy direct payments from 1995 to 2012, according to the…

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Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: Donna Schindler Munro, farm bill, food stamps

January 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Many students don’t have the education needed for financial success

Hope Yen’s article presented interesting statistics without providing any insight regarding causation [“The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans,” Nation & World, Jan. 26]. There are many more workers with some college education today because many more people are being herded into colleges whether they have the necessary capabilities or the financial wherewithal….

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Comments | More in Education, Food stamps | Topics: education, food stamps, Hope Yen

November 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

When poverty is growing, cutting food stamps is not the answer

Volunteers at St. Ignatius Food Pantry bag items as individuals and families in need visit the facility Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Chicago (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green). Cut salaries of rich military contactors to save money As food stamp benefits decrease, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to cut another $39 billion from food stamps over the…

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Comments | More in budget cuts | Topics: budget cuts, food stamps

September 26, 2013 at 7:03 AM

House conservatives vote to cut food stamps

Reverse the decision Please urge U.S. senators and representatives to reverse the House vote to reduce SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by $4 billion which will affect more than 47 million Americans. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.] Pacific Northwest residents include many who have connections with out-of-state officeholders. Please…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: Congress, conservatives, food stamps

September 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Conservatives make big cuts to food stamps

Corrected version A punch in the gut House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks vote on the House floor on Capitol Hill, Sept. 19, 2013 in Washington. House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to line up support in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program….

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: conservatives, cut, food stamps

September 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Food stamps face billions in cuts

Congress should protect people, not corporations The House of Representatives is likely to vote this week to cut food assistance by $40 billion over 10 years, a cut that could threaten an adequate food supply for as many as six million Americans. [“House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 16.] While…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: assistance, Congress, corporations

September 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Devastating potential cuts to food stamps

Government support needed Joe Gruber, executive director of the University District Food Bank, throws out a slightly old banana as he goes through fruit that will be given out at the food bank. The University District Food Bank is one of more than 25 food banks serving Seattle. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.] In the past…

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Comments | More in Economy, Food/nutrition, Politics | Topics: food banks, food stamps, government support

August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Minimum-wage debate in Seattle

Employers, not taxpayers, should pay workers Tom Douglas is raising the minimum wage for cooks and bakers in the kitchens of his 16 local restaurants to $15 an hour. Douglas is not a fan of the government mandating such a wage. [John Lok, The Seattle Times.] A minimum-wage employee is likely receiving a number of government subsidies…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: food stamps, government subsidies, housing assistance

August 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Food stamps eliminated from farm bill

Farm bill was a mega-bill The House of Representatives and House Republican leadership recently took a bold step to separate the farm bill into farm policy and feeding programs (food stamps). [“Budget plans imploding, Congress is heading home,” News, Aug. 2.] When asked for a reaction to the split, the most common answer in my farm…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Politics | Topics: Congress, farm bill, food stamps

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