Human Needs Report: Tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, and more

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December 11, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on Congress’s tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Dreamers, and more. Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report. Negotiations on Final Tax Bill Hit Some Snags House and Senate leaders were expected Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Tax Policy

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For the benefit of our children, Congress must reject the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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December 11, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed, authored by Lynette Fraga, appeared in The Hill on Friday, Dec. 8. Fraga is chair of the board of the Children’s Leadership Council and the Executive Director of Child Care Aware of America. The measure of a nation is how well we safeguard all children by offering the opportunity to thrive. Yet, Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Child tax credit, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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More than 100 groups tell Congress: Protect the Dreamers. Fund Urgent priorities

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December 8, 2017

Editor’s note: The Coalition on Human Needs released the following statement on Friday, Dec. 8: Now that Congress has acted to keep government open and running for two more weeks, it is time to get down to business:  Congress must act this month to protect Dreamers and fund important priorities ranging from children’s health and Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Immigration

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No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here.

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December 6, 2017

Thousands of Dreamers and their supporters rallied across the street from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 6, and were followed by the arrest of approximately 200 individuals who engaged in civil disobedience on the Capitol steps. The protesters, estimated at more than 10,000, came from as far away as Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.  They were Read More »

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What comes after the GOP tax cuts?

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December 6, 2017

President Trump and some in Congress have rushed to say that once they enact their tax plan, they will move to cut vital programs like Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, and aid for people with disabilities. As CHN’s Executive Director Deborah Weinstein said in a recent statement following the tax bills passed by the Senate and House, Read More »

Categories: Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Tax Policy

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‘We will pay, and our children and grandchildren’

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December 4, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Monday, Dec. 4 in response to the tax bills passed by the Senate and House: “The Senate and House members who voted to hand trillions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations and wealthy individuals have made a clear Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Income Support, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, Regulation, SNAP, Social Security, Social Services, Tax Policy

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What do some Montanans think about the tax bill?

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December 1, 2017

Many media accounts have characterized opposition to the GOP tax bills pending in Congress as rooted in the so-called “blue states” – states such as California, New Jersey and New York.  After all, these states tend to be more supportive of important human needs programs like Medicaid, SNAP and the Affordable Care Act – programs Read More »

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Simplifying the Tax Code, or Simply Trickle-Down Economics?

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November 30, 2017

Editor’s note: The following article, reported by Kalena Thomhave, appears today in the American Prospect. It reinforces many of our own arguments against the GOP tax proposals. Senate Republicans may try to quickly move their tax proposal to a vote this week, attempting to score the GOP’s first legislative victory before the opposition can thoroughly Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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“The Biggest Tax Scam in History”

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November 28, 2017

“The bill Republican leaders are trying to ram through this week without hearings, without time for even a basic analysis of its likely economic impact, is the biggest tax scam in history. It’s such a scam that it’s not even clear who’s being scammed – middle-class taxpayers, people who care about budget deficits, or both. Read More »

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Early childhood care undervalued in Maryland

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November 27, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by the Baltimore Sun on November 12.  When my son, now in college, started school in Maryland, he went to a private preschool, and only half-day public kindergarten existed. As for most young children in the United States, then and now, public early childhood education was unavailable. Full-day Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education

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