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Report: After five years of minimum wage increases, New York City’s restaurant industry is thriving
August 23, 2019

Five years after New York State passed the first of several laws to gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, New York City’s restaurant industry continues to thrive, with strong growth in restaurant industry employment, wages, and the number of establishments around the city, according to a new report released by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School and the National Employment Law Project.

Register Today: CHN Census Poverty Data Webinar Wednesday, Sept. 4.
August 21, 2019

On September 10th, the Census Bureau will release national poverty and income data, as well as nationwide and state health insurance data. CHN will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 in which we will preview the data and explain how navigate the Census Bureau’s web site to find the data you need. The webinar is entitled, “What Can We Expect from the New Poverty, Income and Health Insurance Data, And How Can We Find the Info We Need?”

Act now to prevent cuts to 3.1 million SNAP recipients
August 19, 2019

Food assistance is at risk — again. Just months after Congress rejected cuts to our most important food assistance program (SNAP), the Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, a second SNAP benefits cut it failed to secure through legislation. You can take action to stop this from happening.

It’s About Time Everyone Cares about Politics
August 15, 2019

Butting heads. Name-calling. Gridlock. Threats of shutdowns. An infuriating lack of progress. We can all agree that government today is polarized, at least on the federal level.

CHN: Deal on Spending Levels Passes House
July 22, 2019
UPDATE: The House on July 25 passed (284-149) a measure to raise tight spending caps for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 and raise the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021. The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week, and the President is expected to sign the bill (H.R.…
CHN: Trump Administration Moves to End Asylum; ACLU Cries Foul
July 22, 2019
The Trump Administration last week announced a sweeping rule that cuts off asylum for almost all migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S.-Mexico border, and it took the ACLU all of 48 hours to file a lawsuit. The rule, which took effect almost immediately, applies to…
CHN: Citizenship Question Out of 2020 Census, Trump Concedes; But Controversy over Citizenship Question Continues
July 22, 2019
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court in late June put a halt to the Trump Administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, and President Trump announced on July 11 his Administration would stop pushing for the addition of such a question – controversy over the effort…
CHN: ACA Headed Back to Supreme Court?
July 22, 2019
A full nine years after its enactment, the future of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain as courts continue to grapple over its constitutionality. Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether the fact that Congress eliminated the ACA’s penalty for…

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