Tell Congress it’s time to #StopTheCuts

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January 30, 2015

This coming Monday the President will present his budget request to Congress for FY2016. We look forward to reviewing the President’s proposals, and we’ve already heard about important investments he’d make in child care and community college. We’ve heard he will start to reverse damaging cuts to human needs programs. Our next step: we need Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP

Head Smacker: McConnell and Boehner Address Income Inequality…But Not Really

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January 28, 2015

On Sunday, the CBS news show 60 Minutes aired the first joint interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell since the new Republican majority Congress convened. The interview took place only days after last week’s State of the Union address, and Scott Pelley from CBS asked the two Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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Making Child Care Accessible to Low-Income Families

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January 23, 2015

As we noted in a recent Fact of the Week, the average annual cost of center-based child care for an infant is nearly half of the income of a family of three living at the poverty level. In fact, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget and often exceeds Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Fact of the Week: Americans Not in Congress Overwhelmingly Support $12.50 Minimum Wage

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January 23, 2015

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama called out members of Congress who have failed to raise the minimum wage, saying, “If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working Read More »

Categories: Minimum Wage

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Share your Thoughts about the State of the Union

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January 20, 2015

Below are my thoughts about the State of the Union address. Please share your comments on the address or the responses by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. The President is asking whether we will be satisfied with an economy that works only for a few, or works to provide opportunities for all. He came into Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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SOTU: Things You Can Do

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January 17, 2015

Next Tuesday, President Obama will give the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress and the nation, followed by responses from the Republican Party and the Tea Party. We’ll share our thoughts about the addresses that evening on our Voices for Human Needs blog, and we hope you’ll join in the discussion by posting Read More »

Categories: Food and Nutrition, Poverty and Income

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Fact of the Week: One-Third of State Budgets Comes from Federal Funds

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January 15, 2015

States rely heavily on money from the federal government. While taxes make up the majority of state general revenue, federal money makes up roughly 32 percent of that total. In separate reports, the National Priorities Project and the Tax Foundation both used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to come up with these similar findings. Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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Head Smacker: House Jeopardizes Health Insurance for Workers While Claiming to Help Them

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January 13, 2015

The House used the first week of the new Congressional session to pass a bill that puts health coverage and paychecks for Americans workers at risk and raises the federal deficit by $53 billion. That’s a Head Smacker in and of itself. But what makes this move even more of a Head Smacker is that Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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One Young Person’s Story of Homelessness

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January 9, 2015

Dae’Jah was 13 when she first became homeless. She clearly remembers the day her mother told her they had to pack up everything they had and leave their house because they were being evicted. Her mom had lost her business and was no longer able to make the mortgage payments. During the 3 years she Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness

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Fact of the Week: Child Care Cost is Nearly Half of Income for a Family at the Poverty level

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January 7, 2015

With the start of the new year, many of us returned to work or school after some time off over the holidays. While parents are hard at work at jobs or bettering their education to provide for their children, roughly 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education

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