A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

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.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #fiber-optics, #local-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rural-areas, #rural-utilities-service, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas, #welfare-us

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How to Spend Your Guaranteed Income

It’s your money; spend it on whatever you need and enjoy the peace of mind.

#food-stamps, #income, #welfare-us

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America Is Brutal to Parents. Biden Is Trying to Change That.

We’re finally on the cusp of a humane family policy.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #day-care-centers, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #murray-patty, #republican-party, #schlafly-phyllis, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us, #women-and-girls

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A New Benefit Raises an Old Question: Which Mothers Should Work?

A groundbreaking child allowance stirs a debate among Republicans between promoting work and promoting traditional families.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #welfare-us

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Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’

As millions of Americans lack enough to eat, the administration is rapidly increasing aid — with an eye toward a permanent safety net expansion.

#agriculture-department, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food, #food-insecurity, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom, #welfare-us

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A New Child Benefit Could Help Poor Women Stay Home. So What?

Even some liberals are wrongly worried about a no-strings child credit in the Biden rescue plan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #poverty, #romney-mitt, #single-mothers, #wages-and-salaries, #welfare-us, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #work-life-balance

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Democrats Repent for Bill Clinton

In the last decade, the party and the former president himself have been forced to admit the failures of his administration.

#black-people, #clinton-bill, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #minorities, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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How Shifting Politics Re-energized the Fight Against Poverty

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-sherrod, #clinton-bill, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deese-brian-c-1978, #hewitt-hugh, #poverty, #rouse-cecilia-e, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Ending the End of Welfare as We Knew It

The Democrats’ new child benefit is a very big deal.

#aid-to-families-with-dependent-children, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #families-and-family-life, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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In the Stimulus Bill, a Policy Revolution in Aid for Children

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #georgia, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #parenting, #poverty, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

A policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

#income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #unemployment, #welfare-us

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Abortion Referrals and Immigration

The cases, both challenges to Trump administration initiatives, may become moot if the Biden administration reverses course.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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‘There’s No Natural Dignity in Work’

Punishing mothers for needing help cannot be the answer. A generous child allowance might be.

#child-care, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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The Plot to Help America’s Children

And what we can learn from right-wing opposition.

#children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #federal-taxes-us, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Under Biden and Romney Stimulus Plans, An Approach to Help Families

Under plans by President Biden and Senator Mitt Romney, children would be worthy of government support, no strings attached.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #social-security-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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The Problem With Using Tax Credits to Fight Poverty

Requiring work in exchange for benefits is an unfair system that doesn’t help the neediest. But that could change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #income-tax, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Why the U.S. Needs the Romney Family Plan

America needs more babies. Public policy alone cannot deliver them, but it can help.

#birth-rates, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #romney-mitt, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #welfare-us

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Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

Biden can help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #poverty, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Foster Care Was Always Tough. Covid-19 Made It Tougher.

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.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #parenting, #unemployment, #welfare-us, #youth

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule Is Vacated by Federal Judge

The policy created a wealth test that would disqualify immigrants for green cards if they were deemed likely to use public benefits.

#appeals-courts-us, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #welfare-us

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The American Dream Is Tax Reform’s Biggest Obstacle

The federal tax code aligns the interests of the middle class with the ultrawealthy. But the alliance may be breaking up.

#congressional-budget-office, #income-tax, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #welfare-us

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The Coronavirus Generation

The virus doesn’t sicken kids as much as adults. But it can still destroy their futures. A child allowance would help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #bennet-michael-farrand, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #food-stamps, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Judge Halts Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards Over Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniels-george-b, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #food-stamps, #foreign-students-in-us, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #james-letitia, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #welfare-us

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Food Pantries Are No Substitute for the SNAP Program

Instead of beefing up the SNAP program during the pandemic, the government opts for a return to Depression-era food lines.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #food-stamps, #great-depression-1930s, #perdue-sonny, #welfare-us

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Coronavirus Is a Crisis. Might It Also Narrow Inequality?

Economic downturns have often led to political moves to lift the most vulnerable. But recoveries tend to reverse the effect.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emanuel-rahm, #federal-budget-us, #food-stamps, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #income-inequality, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Covid-19 and the Rural Fear of ‘Taking Advantage’

In my community, angst over the idea that some might receive too much help is shaping reactions to pandemic relief.

#arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #little-rock-ark, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #van-buren-ark, #welfare-us

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As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point

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.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-stamps, #house-of-representatives, #poverty, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Money for Welfare Instead Funded Concerts, Lobbyists and Football Games, Audit Finds

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.

#davis-john-mississippi-department-of-human-services, #dibiase-brett, #embezzlement, #mississippi, #new-nancy, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #reeves-tate-1974, #welfare-us

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Coronavirus Turns School Cafeterias into Soup Kitchens

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.

#agriculture-department, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #quarantines, #united-states-economy, #welfare-us

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A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise

Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #welfare-us

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The Safety Net Got a Quick Patch. What Happens After the Coronavirus?

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.

#clinton-bill, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #poverty, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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