Maine food stamp cuts delayed

Posted Oct. 01, 2010, at 10:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Federal officials are delaying cuts in food stamp benefits in Maine for at least three months.

The reductions were supposed to take effect Friday, the first day of the federal fiscal year. But U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the Obama administration agreed to postpone them after dozens of people who get the benefits complained that the reductions would be a major financial burden.

Pingree, a Maine Democrat, said one man, a veteran, claimed his benefits were going to drop from $70 to $10 a week.

In 2008, food stamp recipients in Maine and 16 other states got extra benefits because of the high price of fuel. The special waiver program was set to expire Friday, but will now be extended for three months while the U.S. Department of Agriculture reconsiders its decision.

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