The Trump Administration's budget proposal is yet another gut-punch to low-income individuals and families. It includes devastating cuts to core benefit programs that would destabilize millions of lives and unravel our nation’s safety net.
The Senate has introduced the Dream Act of 2017, which would make 1.8 million Dreamers eligible for conditional permanent resident status. However, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains under threat, placing 800,000 beneficiaries in peril.
For low-income children, the need for high-quality health insurance has never been more urgent. States are taking action because they know that having health insurance leads to better access to care, lower financial burden on families, and better health outcomes.
Health care is crucial to infants and toddlers’ physical, cognitive, and emotional development. For low-income families, affordable health insurance provides young children and their parents with important services that would otherwise be too expensive, such as routine check-ups, prescription drugs, medical procedures, and specialized care.
A new brief from CLASP and ZERO TO THREE highlights the importance of health insurance to infants, toddlers, and their families as well as historic gains in coverage made under the Affordable Care Act.
After failing to gain support for their first health care bill, Senate Republican leadership has released a new bill, without making any substantive changes that would increase access to meaningful coverage. The new bill should be swiftly rejected.
The federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides home visiting services to high-risk families. This fosters economic self-sufficiency, healthy development, and strong educational outcomes. However, without action from Congress, this crucial investment in families will expire in September.
For years, Pell grants have been the foundation of financial aid for low-income students seeking postsecondary education. These grants are among the many anti-poverty efforts that have struggled as Congress has slashed funding for federal programs, particularly those included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) budget allocation. To make matters worse, President Trump proposes even deeper and more unacceptable cuts to important programs for low-income people in his fiscal year 2018 budget.
A new brief from CLASP examines how California is aligning education and training opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. This is the first brief in our series “Reconnecting Justice in the States,” which will explore coordinated justice, education, and workforce policy and practice at the state level. It is part of CLASP’s continued commitment to leverage criminal justice reform to expand economic opportunity and help achieve racial equity.