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Head Smacker: Misnamed “Working Families Flexibility Act” Would Give Workers Less Flexibility, Less Time and Less Pay
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July 15, 2015

Bills in Congress are named by those who write them, which means the name can sound good even if the bill actually does the opposite of what the title implies. That’s the case with the Working Families Flexibility Act. It sounds like a good thing, right? Families would get more...

Fact of the Week: Half of Children in Public Schools are Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
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July 10, 2015

Just over half of children in public schools across the U.S. were in families with near-poverty income levels that made them eligible for free or reduced price lunch in 2013. This statistic comes from the Southern Education Foundation’s research bulletin, A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority in...

5 Things to Know about Fixing the Overtime Rule
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July 1, 2015

“We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out...

Human Needs Report: Appropriations Bills Advance in House and Senate; ACA facing opposition in Congress Despite Supreme Court Win
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June 30, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the ongoing appropriations process  and the Affordable Care Act. See below for the full analysis and links to each section of the report. Click here for the...

Head Smacker: Fewer than 1 in 4 Households Eligible for Housing Assistance Get It, but Congress Cuts Assistance Even More
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June 26, 2015

Fewer than 1 in 4 low-income households who qualify for housing assistance receives it due to lack of funds, but that didn’t stop the House of Representatives from cutting housing assistance even more. Earlier this month, the House passed its spending bill covering the Department of Housing and Urban Development...

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