This Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Asha Banerjee discusses the AAPI community's immense achievements in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the systemic racism and hardship AAPI workers and families regularly face.
Last month, the majority of Maine voters chose to expand Medicaid coverage to include more low-income adults. Expansion will raise the program’s income eligibility threshold to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, giving more than half of Maine’s uninsured population—including thousands of parents—access to affordable health insurance.
Each day Congress fails to pass the Dream Act, over 100 immigrant youth lose their DACA protections. Despite some congressional leaders insisting a “DACA fix” is not necessary until March of 2018, DACA recipients have not only lost their work permits and drivers licenses, but also remain at risk of being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The lives of millions of children and youth hang in the balance because Congress has yet to act on two critical issues: the reauthorization of CHIP and passage of the Dream Act. So that families can celebrate with the certainty they need, Congress must address these top priorities before members leave for the holiday recess.
Despite having no federal approval, or any evidence that the policy would be helpful, Wisconsin has added regulations requiring screening and drug testing of participants in the SNAP E&T, known in Wisconsin as FoodShare Employment and Training.
Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) outlined immediate federal spending priorities that would support hard-working families, including a nearly $3 billion increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) to make child care more affordable.
The Republican tax bills approved by the House of Representatives and currently on the Senate floor funnel the lion’s share of benefits to the wealthy and corporations, at the expense of working families.
As college costs continue to rise, millions of low-income students, particularly students of color, are struggling to make ends meet. The Simple FAFSA Act, introduced last week, would increase support for working students, streamline the financial aid process, and expand access to more low-income students.