HELENA — Republican chairmen of two Montana House committees have taken the unusual step of issuing subpoenas to state welfare workers to look into allegations that the Bullock administration is qualifying people for welfare benefits without proper verification.
Jan. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrati…
Rents have risen, food stamps have been cut and more needy families have moved into Billings. That adds up to a busy holiday season for local charities.
CASPER, Wyo. — More than 100 new clients lined up at the Joshua’s Warehouse food bank in Casper on Oct. 31.
BOZEMAN — Americans’ disgust with a government that accomplishes little is improving the odds of a farm bill passing this year, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday.
With less than a week before the federal farm bill expires and nothing suggesting a new one is in the works, September 2013 is beginning to look a lot like 2012 — and 2011.
A U.S. House vote Thursday to cut an estimated 3 million poor people from federal food stamp rolls was a necessary step toward passing a five-year farm bill, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said.
Barbara Gulick and Lita Pepion, left to right, discuss a letter they are about to deliver to Rep. Steve Daines urging Daines to vote against cuts in food stamps. The pair delivered the letter to Daines office in Billings on Thursday.
If pride could fill her daughter’s dinner plate, Crystal Rondeaux wouldn’t have applied for food stamps.
Crystal Rondeaux is seen inside her South Side home recently.
South Side residents David Hickman and his wife Crystal Rondeaux discuss their plans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
David Hickman holds his wife Crystal Rondeaux's hand, and the family cat, while discussing their move to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Crystal Rondeaux and her husband David Hickman eat dinner with their daughter Cadence Rondeaux, 9, in the living room of their South Side home recently.
David Hickman cooks dinner for his family while his wife Crystal Rondeaux studies some work in the living room of their South Side home.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and fellow Republicans passed a scaled-down farm bill Thursday that got a lukewarm reception from a broad spectrum of Montanans.
After failing to pass a farm bill in June, House Republicans might cut food stamps from the legislation and try again, a move Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said could be the only way forward.
There’s nothing better than summer in Montana. Sweet Flathead cherries, fresh bread baked with Montana wheat, huckleberries, and bison burgers on the grill. In Montana, we share our bounty.
Farmer Lola Raska knows a tough row to hoe when she sees one, which is why after holding the Senate farm bill to high standards, she is ready to reap whatever House lawmakers can sow.
Congress is once again taking up the farm bill — and continuing to treat agriculture like it was 1933, not 2013. The result: billions of taxpayer dollars going to waste.
The farm bill, one of the most crucial pieces of federal legislation to Montana’s economy, will be marked up in Senate and House Agriculture committees beginning Tuesday.