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Alabama and the 2020 Census: ‘Whose child is missing?’
December 6, 2019

About one in four children in Alabama live in poverty, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. More than 17,000 young children in Alabama were not counted in the 2010 Census, which, measured by percentage, was much higher than the national average. About one in three households lacks access to the Internet. And the state is rural – very rural, explains Rhonda Mann, Deputy Director of VOICES for Alabama’s Children, a group that is conducting groundbreaking work to make sure all kids are counted this time around.

CHN: Taking food away from very poor people does not promote work. It simply makes them hungrier.
December 4, 2019

Taking food away from very poor people does not promote work. It simply compounds their hardships. The Trump Administration today ignored the will of Congress, the judgment of states, more than 100,000 concerned comments, and its own estimate of the harmful impact on close to 700,000 people. It will time-limit food assistance to only three months every three years if people are unable to get steady part-time work.

The New York Council on Children and Families: How State Agencies Can Make Sure Kids Are Counted
December 4, 2019

How can we make sure that young children are accurately counted in the 2020 Census? One answer is rooted in the work of a small but effective state agency in upstate New York, which is working to ensure that state government plays its part. Among all 50 states, the New York Council on Children and Families is a leader in working with state agencies to promote the 2020 Census and make sure that all kids are counted. Its work could serve as a roadmap for other states to follow as they grapple with coordinating the work of state agencies, local and state nonprofits, and advocates who are working to get the word out about the Census.

Trump Administration Posts 57,000 Public Comments about Shrinking the Poverty Measure Online; Opposition is Overwhelming
November 26, 2019

More than 50,000 individuals or groups submitted comments via CHN’s website opposing a Trump Administration proposal to shrink the poverty line measure.

CHN: Some Progress, but FY20 Spending Will Need Another Stopgap
November 12, 2019
With government funding set to run out in less than two weeks, appropriators in Congress are in talks over the length of the next stopgap spending bill, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR. The current CR, which was passed just before the start of the new fiscal year on…
CHN: Budget Process Reform Bill Concerns Advocates
November 12, 2019
The Senate Budget Committee on November 6 passed legislation that contains changes to the budget process considered highly problematic by advocates. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the legislation, introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), would trigger a new,…
CHN: Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Onerous Health Coverage Mandate for Immigrants
November 12, 2019
A federal judge in Portland, Oregon has blocked a Trump Administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas and enter the United States. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon came on Saturday, Nov. 2,…
CHN: Tuesday Elections Deliver Blow to Medicaid Work Requirements
November 12, 2019
Opponents of Medicaid work requirements received good news with several Election Day outcomes this past Tuesday. In Kentucky, which has been at the forefront of efforts to impose the work requirements, Democrat Andy Beshear apparently defeated incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin by about 5,000 votes. Bevin is contesting the vote, and…

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