NEW ORLEANS -- The implementation of nationally standardized electronic benefits transfer programs will allow retailers to tap into a vaster pool of revenues than many industry officials may realize. "We need to stop thinking of EBT programs as welfare programs. That is a short-sighted approach," said David Bragin, treasurer of Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla. "In the future, the federal government will be providing Social Security, government pensions and military pensions, just to ...

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