- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court decision has cleared the way for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to disclose food stamp revenues for stores participating in the federal program.

The Argus Leader reports a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, ruled Tuesday that making public the payments wouldn’t cause participating retailers competitive harm.

The ruling caps a seven-year legal struggle by the Argus Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to get the spending information. The panel upheld a lower court opinion that the sales figures wouldn’t cause stores competitive harm.

A grocery trade group sought to block disclosure, arguing the numbers could be used to determine a store’s total sales. Argus Leader News Director Cory Myers says taxpayers need to know where their money is spent.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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