Student Loan Borrowers Got the Debt, but Not the Degree

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.

#colleges-and-universities, #community-colleges, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #student-loans

Summer Camp for All

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal escape for young people living through an extraordinary time of grief, loneliness and upheaval.

#american-camp-assn, #bank-street-college, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minorities, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #philanthropy, #poverty, #psychology-and-psychologists, #summer-season, #youth

Help With Medicare Costs: What You Need to Know

Low-income Americans on Medicare can get assistance paying their premiums and other expenses. Several states have allowed more people to qualify.

#age-chronological, #content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #extra-help, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income, #medicare, #medicare-savings-program, #personal-finances, #poverty, #retirement

Student Loan Borrowers Don’t Deserve ‘Forgiveness.’ They Deserve an Apology.

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #federal-aid-us, #financial-aid-education, #pell-grants, #student-loans, #tuition, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Biden Administration Rules for Charter Schools Spur Bipartisan Backlash

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #charter-schools, #education-k-12, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

To Tackle Student Debt, Fix Ineffective Colleges

Graduates can’t repay their loans if they don’t learn anything useful in school.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #federal-aid-us, #internal-sub-only-nl, #student-loans, #tuition

Perils of Invisible Government

The American Rescue Plan is huge and yet little noticed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #internal-storyline-no, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-economy

A One-Woman Rescue Squad for Homeless Students in Rural Texas

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #homeless-persons, #poverty, #texas

In a Michigan County, Stimulus Funds Are Remaking Public Health Programs

Many cities and counties say that shoring up local public health systems is crucial to recovering from the pandemic and addressing entrenched health disparities.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #ingham-county-mich, #local-government, #mental-health-and-disorders, #michigan, #stimulus-economic

As Biden Pleads for More Covid Aid, States Are Awash in Federal Dollars

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #kentucky, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

States Close Mass Test and Vaccine Sites, but Uptick in Virus May Loom

Officials say demand has slowed as coronavirus cases have fallen. But some experts question the scaling back of services, especially vaccination campaigns.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #milwaukee-wis, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Don Young of Alaska, the House Dean, Leaves an Earmark Legacy

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.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #earmarks-finance, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #trans-alaska-pipeline-system, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-don

Federal Covid Cash Kept New York State Afloat. That Could End Soon.

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.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #schumer-charles-e

Congress Clears $1.5 Trillion Spending Bill, Including Ukraine Aid

President Biden is expected to sign the measure, the first major spending bill since he took office.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #leahy-patrick-j, #mcconnell-mitch, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Strip Covid Aid From $1.5 Trillion Spending Package

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-cigarettes, #earmarks-finance, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #house-of-representatives, #humanitarian-aid, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Spent $57,000 in Covid Relief on a Pokémon Card. Now the U.S. Owns It.

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #atlanta-ga, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #justice-department, #pokemon-fictional-characters, #small-business, #small-business-administration

Fraud Investigation in Food Aid Puts Focus on Role of Nonprofits

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.

#advance-youth-athletic-development, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #feeding-our-future, #food, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #nonprofit-organizations, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida Woman Used Pandemic-Relief Loan to Pay a Hit Man, Police Say

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.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #jasmine-martinez, #miami-fla, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #paycheck-protection-program, #romiel-robinson

Why an Arizona County Turned Down $1.9 Million in Covid Relief

Two Republican supervisors voted to reject the federal money, frustrating health care workers in rural Cochise County.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #cochise-county-ariz, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us

Let’s All Sweat Student Debt

Flick that pen, Joe.

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Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Improves Brain Function in Babies, Study Finds

The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.

#babies-and-infants, #babys-first-years, #brain, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #federal-aid-us, #income, #income-inequality, #poverty, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Arizona Sues to Stop Treasury From Recouping Relief Funds

Gov. Doug Ducey has been using federal pandemic aid to undermine school mask requirements, which Treasury said violated the law.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ducey-doug-1964, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #masks, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mayor Adams Promotes ‘Radically Practical’ Agenda in Washington

Eric Adams spoke at a national gathering of mayors and focused on the importance of cities demonstrating that government can work.

#adams-eric-l, #federal-aid-us, #mayors, #new-york-city, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-conference-of-mayors, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

How a Relief Fund for Restaurants Picked Winners and Losers

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #restaurants, #small-business, #small-business-administration

As Workers Gain Pay Leverage, Nonprofits Can’t Keep Up

Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #nonprofit-organizations, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Republicans Who Assailed Biden’s Stimulus Bill Are Embracing the Money

Republican governors who criticized the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill as wasteful are championing state projects funded by the money.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #dewine-mike, #ducey-doug-1964, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #gianforte-greg-1961, #noem-kristi, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

Behind Kentucky’s Tornado Recovery Plan

On states that bite the hand that feeds them.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kentucky, #paul-rand, #united-states-economy, #urban-areas

Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many

The drop in cash reserves has vast implications for the working class and could dampen consumer spending, a large share of economic activity.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #savings, #united-states-economy

Initial unemployment claims last week fell to a half-century low.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the figure fell to 199,000, a milestone in the economic recovery from the shock of the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

How the $4 Trillion Flood of Covid Relief Is Funding the Future

From broadband to transportation to high-tech medical manufacturing, benefits from America’s pandemic money infusion will linger.

#2021-tech-and-design, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #factories-and-manufacturing, #federal-aid-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Federal Disaster Aid Languishes, Private Lenders Are Filling the Gap

A new program allows Morgan Stanley to front money for disaster repairs and then get paid back, with interest, by taxpayers.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #enterprise-community-partners, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #morgan-stanley

What’s in the $2.2 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill

The package includes $400 billion to bolster support for children and families, $555 billion for climate change programs and $166 billion in housing aid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-tax, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sure, Biden’s Plan Costs a Lot of Money. But the Price of Inaction Is Higher.

Tell Senator Manchin that failing to deliver is more than we can afford. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #elder-care, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #paid-time-off, #senate, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

#alaska, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #railroads, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

FEMA Says It’s Still Working to Fix Racial Disparities in Disaster Aid

Officials were advised last year to address inequity in relief programs. A document issued Wednesday shows they are still trying to decide how.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #disasters-and-emergencies, #discrimination, #federal-aid-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?

Democrats believe the system is broken — and they have a proposal for fixing it.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #greensboro-nc, #north-carolina, #taxation, #wages-and-salaries

Child Care Has High Costs for Parents, Low Wages for Staff

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.

#child-care, #education-pre-school, #federal-aid-us, #greensboro-nc

S.B.A. Overpaid $4.5 Billion on ‘Illogical’ Small Business Grant Claims

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.

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Troubled Student Loan Forgiveness Program Gets an Overhaul

The sweeping changes will help more than a half-million public service workers who had thought they were paying down their debt for years.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #education-department-us, #federal-aid-us, #government-employees, #student-loans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

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.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #federal-aid-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #united-states-politics-and-government

800,000 New Yorkers Just Lost Federal Unemployment Benefits

Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

What Happens When the Covid Relief Ends?

The pandemic hasn’t ended; the rescue programs have.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #internal-sub-only, #international-trade-and-world-market, #unemployment

Unemployment Benefits Expire for Millions Without Pushback From Biden

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

A Massive Levee System Saved New Orleans. Can Other Towns Be Helped?

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.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-aid-us, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la

The End of Unemployment Benefits Can Push People Back to Work

Job seekers are more likely to accept an offer when their extra federal jobless benefits expire.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #internal-sub-only, #inventions-and-patents, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

15% of PPP Loans Could Be Fraudulent, Study Shows

Some $76 billion of the program’s $800 billion in loans may have been taken improperly, a new paper concludes.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blue-acorn-ppp-llc, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #university-of-texas-at-austin

Devastated by Disasters, Lake Charles Is Still Waiting for Help

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.

#federal-aid-us, #floods, #hunter-nic-1984, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la