On August 1, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed a two-year budget bill, already approved by the House, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. While this year’s bill did not include a specific funding commitment for child care, it paves the way to maintain and build on last year’s historic increase.
New federal legislation would acknowledge those who’ve been targeted by marijuana criminalization and ensure that low-income communities and communities of color can participate in this booming industry.
Last year, Arkansas became the first state to kick people off Medicaid for not meeting work requirements. A new study confirms what health policy experts predicted all along: Many people lost their insurance even though they met the state’s requirements.
The recent scandal involving wealthy parents paying bribes to get their kids into elite colleges has raised the question: What responsibilities do federal and state policymakers and higher education leaders have in protecting the interests of all students, particularly low-income students and historically underrepresented students?
This legislation modernizes the workforce system by creating “Upskill Accounts” of up to $8,000 to fund high-quality, high-value training pegged to regional need AND cover critical supports like child care and transportation.
HUD recently proposed a regulation that would directly undermine the wellbeing of low-income “mixed-status” immigrant families, including citizen children, by compelling those households to disband to continue receiving federally-assisted housing.
In the wake of federal legislation passed in 1996, people with drug-related felony convictions were banned from SNAP and TANF. Fortunately, continuing a national trend, two more states have lifted these restrictions this year.