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The real cost of stamps

Perhaps 55 cents to mail a typical letter seems like a lot of money to you. Perhaps it doesn’t. Either way, when you adjust for inflation, the price of a first-class stamp hasn’t really changed that much over the past half-century.

Food stamp change fuels anxiety as states try to curb impact

Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home.

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance.

USDA proposes change that would push 3 million Americans off food stamps

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would cut benefits to about 3 million people. In a telephone call with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps said the proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) were aimed at ending automatic eligibility for those who were already receiving federal and state assistance.

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They sent a stream of what they thought were routine requests for information to Washington. Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed it at the Supreme Court, which will hear the case Monday.

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. Eight years they are headed to the Supreme Court over the request.

Food stamps absorb shutdown impact

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are being urged to budget their resources carefully after receiving their February benefits weeks earlier than usual.

USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February

The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.

GOP-led House passes farm bill

The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.

Family faces the hard reality of ‘welfare reform’

MILWAUKEE – The shock absorbers in James Howlett’s Ford Fusion were busted, but he and his partner, Nadine, packed their two children inside anyway. They were already homeless, and their time on food stamps was running out. They needed to fix the car and dig up documents to try to get back on welfare. The suburban homeless shelter where they slept the night before was now in the distance as they made their way through the familiar blight of the city neighborhood that was once home. Howlett dropped Kayden, 5, at kindergarten and Cali, 3, at day care in a community center that stood amid the boarded-up houses and vacant fields surrounded by barbed wire that dot Milwaukee’s north side.

House GOP seeks stricter work requirements on food stamps

Republicans controlling the House are proposing sweeping new work mandates on the nation’s more than 40 million food stamp recipients as they kick off debate on a politically freighted election-year overhaul of the government’s food and farm programs.

Debate stirs over ‘America’s Harvest Box,’ food benefit plan

Hawaii’s food stamp administrator says he was stunned when he first heard that the U.S. Agriculture Department wanted to replace some cash benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods. That changed quickly to frustration, befuddlement and serious concern.