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Farm Bill seems likely to pass by the end of the year as part of year-end budget package

It seems likely that a new Farm Bill will pass by the end of the year, Harwood Schaffer and Daryll Ray of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee predict in their latest “Policy Pennings” column.  The big sticking point is proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The House version of the bill includes...

Study finds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding insufficient for a healthy diet

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, only covers 43 to 60 percent of the cost of the federal nutrition guidelines, according to a study by researchers who say policymakers should consider that as they propose deep cuts to the program. “Even though SNAP is not designed to cover all of the cost of food – it’s meant...

Commentary: Trump budget proposal would harm Kentuckians, push massive costs onto state

By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward President Trump’s budget slashes nutrition, health care, and other important assistance that helps hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians meet basic living standards – food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care – while giving new tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful. The budget stands in stark contrast to the commitments the President...

Critical poverty-reducing programs for low-income Kentuckians at risk in proposed Trump budget

By Ashley Spalding Special to KyForward News reports suggest President Trump’s full budget proposal, slated for release next week, will include deep cuts to federal safety net programs that provide crucial supports for low-income Kentuckians and help boost our economy in hard times. These cuts to so-called mandatory programs (meaning spending is determined by how many people are eligible) are on...

SNAP (food stamp) recipients to see benefits decrease Nov. 1 as stimulus funding expires

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is notifying recipients of funding from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps – that they will see their benefits decrease beginning Nov. 1.   The change is because increased benefits provided to SNAP by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 are set to expire. Congress...

New report: 875,000 Kentuckians will see cuts to their food assistance benefits this fall

Some 875,000 people in Kentucky will see a cut in their food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and detailed in a report from the Washington, D.C.,-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.   (Photo...

House passes Farm Bill … sort of; bright spot is hemp amendment that was kept in tact

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   You can’t say the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to pass a farm bill anymore, but the legislation passed yesterday came at quite a cost, according to many lawmakers and farm organizations.   The bill, which has long included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was separated to make the two separate pieces of legislation...

Gena Bigler: New bill before Congress would end overtime pay and 40-hour work week

Overworked, and without recourse. Most Americans work longer hours than ever before and are seldom “off the clock.” Congress recently voted to essentially end our 40-hour work week and overtime pay. “The Working Families Flexibility Act H.R. 1406,” is not yet law, and is in a Senate committee, but we are precariously close to losing rights that have protected the American worker since...