Gov. John Kitzhaber decided this week that Oregon will be the fourth state to avoid food stamp cuts included in the federal farm bill.Well done, Governor Kitzhaber, well done. And well done to the 6,285 Oregonian members of the Daily Kos community who sent emails directly to Kitzhaber's office, urging him to take this action. Oregon Kossacks rock!
The decision, made public Wednesday, means some 100,000 Oregon households won’t see their food stamp benefits decline after all. They were expected to lose benefits averaging $58 a month.
About one-third of the cuts to food stamp that passed in the farm bill have now been restored. At Daily Kos, we are going to keep piling on until all of the funding is restored.
If you live in one of the 11 remaining states where low-income Americans are still facing the threat of food stamp cuts—California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, or Wisconsin—then click here to sign and send a petition directly to your governor, urging them to take the appropriate action to restore food stamp funding.
And if you live in a state with a Republican governor, or a conservative Democrat, sign and send the petition anyway. Conservadem Andrew Cuomo did this in New York. Republican Tom Corbett did this in Pennsylvania. We can get them all to do this. Sign and send the petition now: Tell your governor to reverse all food stamp cuts.