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A Vote Against Our Future: The House Just Voted to Transfer Trillions from Middle- and Low-Income People to Corporations and Millionaires

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November 16, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Thursday, Nov. 16 in response to the House vote in favor of H.R. 1, the massive tax-giveaway for corporations and the wealthiest Americans: “The House vote to pass a giant tax cut overwhelmingly for corporations and the wealthy is Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Social Services, Tax Policy

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The House Tax Cuts:  Trillions for Corporations and the Rich; Losses for Low- and Middle-Income People Now and Later

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November 3, 2017

Editor’s note: The following is a statement released by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein in response to the House GOP tax proposal, unveiled Thursday, Nov. 2. To learn more about the proposal, please see CHN’s latest Human Needs Report. “The full analysis is not yet in, but the outlines are clear.  The corporate tax rate Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Income Support, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, Tax Policy

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CHN statement on Trump’s proposed tax cuts for the very, very rich

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September 27, 2017

Editor’s note: CHN Executive Director had this response Wednesday to President Trump’s proposal to slash tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans: “President Trump’s budget slashes Medicaid, food and housing assistance, and education funding.  Now he is proposing to hand trillions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations.  Despite years of stagnation Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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CHN meets with Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity

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September 27, 2017

Editor’s note: On Tuesday, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity met with CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein.  The conversation focused on new Census data on poverty, the Republican budget, appropriations, and the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs.  This is the Task Force’s statement following that meeting: “I thank Deborah Weinstein for Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income

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CHN URGES DEFEAT OF GRAHAM-CASSIDY: ‘THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES SENATORS WILL CAST’

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September 25, 2017

  Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, sent the following letter Monday to the Senate Finance Committee, which is scheduled to hear testimony on the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal proposal: “I am writing to convey the very deep concerns of the Coalition on Human Needs about the dangers posed by Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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2.5 Million Fewer Poor People in 2016; Now-threatened programs made the difference

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September 12, 2017

The poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016, down from 13.5 percent in 2015 and from 14.8 percent in 2014, according to new U.S. Census data released Tuesday.  That 2.1 percentage point drop is the largest two-year decline since 1969. Since 2014, the number of people in poverty has dropped by more than 6 Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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What to look for in the new Census Bureau data

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September 11, 2017

Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual estimates of poverty, household income and health insurance coverage for 2016.  What follows is a description both of trends CHN will be examining from the 2016 data, and questions CHN will be raising about the future of poverty and prosperity in Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Disaster Relief, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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There is no limit to what we can accomplish together in solidarity

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August 1, 2017

Editor’s note: Raquel Douglas, CHN’s Summer 2017 intern, recently concluded her internship with us. Before leaving, she penned the following piece on her thoughts on her summer in D.C.  On July 26, President Trump tweeted that people who are transgender are banned from serving in the military. For many weeks, the Senate has tried again Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Resources from around the Coalition: FY18 budget priorities edition

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July 17, 2017

Editor’s note: The following blog post was written by Raquel Douglas, CHN’s Summer 2017 intern. One in four renter households unable to afford rent. Billions of dollars in cuts proposed to SNAP, rental assistance programs, job training grants, and a plethora of other programs vital to the quality of life of the most vulnerable among us. Read More »

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

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Why an attack on Medicaid is an attack on Maine’s people

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July 7, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed, by Dr. Cathleen London and CHN’s Deborah Weinstein, appears today in the Portland Press Herald. One of us is a doctor in Milbridge, battling on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. The other is executive director of a human needs advocacy group in Washington, D.C., battling on the front Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Opioids, Poverty and Income

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