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Commissary reformers eye appeal of 'cost-plus-5-percent' pricing

from Stars and Stripes

Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus five percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Candace Wheeler, Spokesperson for the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits said, "DoD's stated objective all along has been to reduce appropriations for the commissary benefit. The problem is that their 'business speak' does not match their 'budget speak.' The fact is they want to increase the costs to military patrons and make them feel good about it." more

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