Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.
It’s your money; spend it on whatever you need and enjoy the peace of mind.
We’re finally on the cusp of a humane family policy.
A groundbreaking child allowance stirs a debate among Republicans between promoting work and promoting traditional families.
As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.
Even some liberals are wrongly worried about a no-strings child credit in the Biden rescue plan.
In the last decade, the party and the former president himself have been forced to admit the failures of his administration.
The pandemic and a set of other economic and social forces changed the calculation for Democrats when it comes to government aid. The question now is how long the moment will last.
The Democrats’ new child benefit is a very big deal.
The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package moving through Congress advances an idea that Democrats have been nurturing for decades: establishing a guaranteed income for families with children.
A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.
The cases, both challenges to Trump administration initiatives, may become moot if the Biden administration reverses course.
Punishing mothers for needing help cannot be the answer. A generous child allowance might be.
And what we can learn from right-wing opposition.
Under plans by President Biden and Senator Mitt Romney, children would be worthy of government support, no strings attached.
Requiring work in exchange for benefits is an unfair system that doesn’t help the neediest. But that could change.
America needs more babies. Public policy alone cannot deliver them, but it can help.
Biden can help.
While some child welfare systems have pivoted to a remote reality, advocates say it hasn’t been uniform or quick enough for the country’s 400,000 foster kids.
The “public charge” rule was supposed to ensure that green cards go only to self-sufficient immigrants, but in the pandemic, it is driving up hunger and leaving Joe Biden with a quandary.
The policy created a wealth test that would disqualify immigrants for green cards if they were deemed likely to use public benefits.
The federal tax code aligns the interests of the middle class with the ultrawealthy. But the alliance may be breaking up.
The virus doesn’t sicken kids as much as adults. But it can still destroy their futures. A child allowance would help.
New York and other states sued the Trump administration over new limits on the “public charge” rule, which critics said would discourage immigrants from seeking medical treatment during the pandemic.
Instead of beefing up the SNAP program during the pandemic, the government opts for a return to Depression-era food lines.
Economic downturns have often led to political moves to lift the most vulnerable. But recoveries tend to reverse the effect.
In my community, angst over the idea that some might receive too much help is shaping reactions to pandemic relief.
Democrats are seeking to raise benefits as research shows a rise in food insecurity without modern precedent amid the pandemic. But Republicans have balked at a long-term expansion of the program.
According to a state audit, Mississippi allowed tens of millions of dollars in federal anti-poverty funds to be used in ways that did little or nothing to help the poor.
Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.
Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.
The emergency legislation enacted by Congress with support from Republicans and President Trump has intensified a long-running debate about whether the United States does enough in ordinary times to protect the needy.