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Advocates decry Trump administration plan to rein in food stamp access

Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a Trump administration proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for people receiving other financial assistance.... Read more»

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Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

Childcare pays poverty-level wage, but Az still tops most states

Arizona’s median salary of $20,070 last year for childcare workers was not even the worst in the nation – in fact, it ranked ahead of 30 other states and Puerto Rico, according to the recent report.... Read more»

SNAP food assistance cuts coming to Pima County

Unemployed SNAP recipients in Pima County will have 90 days to find employment or risk losing their food assistance. 40,000 Arizonans will be among more than 500,000 people across the country who will lose benefits commonly known as food stamps.... Read more»

Census: Fewer Arizona households received food stamps in 2013

Two experts say the drop to an estimated 13.5 percent of Arizona households likely points to the state's improving economy. However, another said it could also be a sign that many people had used up their eligibility. To be eligible, a household's gross monthly income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. ... Read more»

Az food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

President Barack Obama signed a farm bill Friday that includes $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years, but Arizona recipients will not see a reduction in their benefits. But advocates point to benefits cuts in November and worry that more may be coming. ... Read more»

1.1 million Arizonans will see food-stamp cuts Friday

More than 1.1 million Arizonans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – better known as food stamps – will see their benefits reduced Friday in a long-planned national cut., ranging from $11 a month for a single recipient to $65 or more for large families.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

America is still gaining jobs under President Obama, but millions more live in poverty, typical household incomes have not kept pace with inflation, and the federal debt is up nearly 90 percent and on pace to double before he leaves office. Stockholders, meanwhile, are far wealthier than they were the day he was sworn in.... Read more»

Brewer, advocates: Larger welfare crisis looms if federal shutdown lingers

While the governor has restored welfare payments to families whose checks were hung up by the federal shutdown, she's warning that a larger crisis looms. Food stamp payments that 1.1 million Arizonans rely on wouldn't go out if the impasse continues into November, she says. ... Read more»

Report: Arizona among worst in nation for childhood obesity

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday. Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst — the rest were in the South or the Midwest. Nearly 20 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon.... Read more»

Az farmers cautiously optimistic on farm bill, despite funding cuts

Arizona farmers are cautiously optimistic at the Senate’s passage this week of a five-year farm bill, even though it cuts $24 billion from current spending levels. ... Read more»

Bachmann bungles Benghazi, food stamps

Rep. Michele Bachmann used misleading and at times wildly inaccurate portrayals of two key domestic and foreign policy issues — food stamps and the response to an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya — to paint President Obama as someone who doesn’t “care.”... Read more»

Analysis

The federal budget and gay and transgender families

House Republicans last week passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget, which would shred the safety net for gay and transgender families to tatters.... Read more»

Analysis

House GOP opens new front in war on women

House Republicans have made it clear that they aren’t finished with their war on women. Now they've leveled an attack on women’s economic security.... Read more»1

House GOP budget

Opinion: Ryan plan would harm our most vulnerable

The House Republican budget released Tuesday purports to boost economic growth by cutting taxes and government spending. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric.... Read more»

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