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And then there were five. Montana has become the fifth state to avert cuts to food stamps:
On Wednesday, Governor Bullock increased payments from the state's energy assistance program to eligible snap participants so they could meet the increased amount. The move costs the state about $24,000 more per year.
That $24,000 per year will preserve $2 million in nutrition assistance for Montana families. Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Oregon had already done so. That means about a third of the nutrition cuts passed by Congress have been averted in the states, Chris Bowers wrote late Wednesday night when Oregon acted. But there's more to be done:
If you live in one of the 11 10 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.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 08:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Montana Kossaks and Daily Kos.

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