Millions took out student loans for programs they did not complete. For some, debt cancellation would be life-changing. For others, it would hardly make a dent.
It’s hard to imagine a more ideal escape for young people living through an extraordinary time of grief, loneliness and upheaval.
Low-income Americans on Medicare can get assistance paying their premiums and other expenses. Several states have allowed more people to qualify.
Whatever the cost of any student loan cancellation program, it’ll just be money we should have spent on higher education in the first place.
Critics of the proposal say the rules are overly restrictive and would stymie the growth of charter schools, whose 3.6 million students are largely Black and Hispanic.
Graduates can’t repay their loans if they don’t learn anything useful in school.
The American Rescue Plan is huge and yet little noticed.
The work of Norma Mercado, a Texas school system’s point person for dealing with homeless young people, is benefiting from a big but temporary surge in federal funding.
Many cities and counties say that shoring up local public health systems is crucial to recovering from the pandemic and addressing entrenched health disparities.
States pushed back on a plan to take back some of their stimulus money to fund President Biden’s emergency spending request. Now Congress is trying to find other ways to offset the cost.
Officials say demand has slowed as coronavirus cases have fallen. But some experts question the scaling back of services, especially vaccination campaigns.
The Alaska Republican lay in state on Tuesday in the Capitol, where he was renowned for his virtuosity with earmarking federal money for his state.
An influx of federal funds may have saved the M.T.A. and staved off painful budget cuts in Albany and New York City. There’s a fight over what comes next.
President Biden is expected to sign the measure, the first major spending bill since he took office.
Facing disputes over how to cover the cost of the pandemic response effort, Democrats dropped it rather than jeopardize legislation that includes aid for Ukraine and other top priorities.
The mint Charizard trading card will be auctioned off with other fraudulently obtained luxury items seized by the U.S. Marshals. Its former owner was sentenced to three years in prison.
The F.B.I. is investigating what it called a “massive fraud scheme” in the Minneapolis area as the government cracks down on misuse of pandemic assistance.
The authorities say that Jasmine Martinez, 33, of Miami, received the loan two weeks before the shooting death of Le’Shonte Jones as she walked with her toddler.
Two Republican supervisors voted to reject the federal money, frustrating health care workers in rural Cochise County.
Flick that pen, Joe.
The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.
Gov. Doug Ducey has been using federal pandemic aid to undermine school mask requirements, which Treasury said violated the law.
Eric Adams spoke at a national gathering of mayors and focused on the importance of cities demonstrating that government can work.
The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?
First, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund was supposed to promote equity. Then the grants were meant to be first come first served. Both ways had problems.
Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.
Republican governors who criticized the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as wasteful are championing state projects funded by the money.
On states that bite the hand that feeds them.
The drop in cash reserves has vast implications for the working class and could dampen consumer spending, a large share of economic activity.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the figure fell to 199,000, a milestone in the economic recovery from the shock of the pandemic.
From broadband to transportation to high-tech medical manufacturing, benefits from America’s pandemic money infusion will linger.
A new program allows Morgan Stanley to front money for disaster repairs and then get paid back, with interest, by taxpayers.
The package includes $400 billion to bolster support for children and families, $555 billion for climate change programs and $166 billion in housing aid.
Tell Senator Manchin that failing to deliver is more than we can afford.
The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.
Officials were advised last year to address inequity in relief programs. A document issued Wednesday shows they are still trying to decide how.
Democrats believe the system is broken — and they have a proposal for fixing it.
President Biden’s social policy legislation aims to address a problem that weighs on many families — and the teachers and child care centers serving them.
A program gave money to 700,000 self-employed people who improperly claimed to have as many as a million employees, according to an inspector general’s report.
The sweeping changes will help more than a half-million public service workers who had thought they were paying down their debt for years.
The review, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to make preserving civil rights protections a priority, applies to federal funding for local law enforcement agencies.
Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.
The pandemic hasn’t ended; the rescue programs have.
The president has encouraged some states to continue helping the long-term unemployed, but administration officials say it was time for enhanced federal aid to end.
A massive flood protection system built around New Orleans helped save it from flooding during Hurricane Ida. Surrounding communities, which weren’t so lucky, want their own system.
Job seekers are more likely to accept an offer when their extra federal jobless benefits expire.
The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.
Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.
Some $76 billion of the program’s $800 billion in loans may have been taken improperly, a new paper concludes.
The Louisiana city, hobbled by two hurricanes, a winter storm and a flood, has struggled to translate sympathy into financial support. It is a challenge other cities could soon face.