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.
CLASP is marking the 35th anniversary of the landmark Plyler v. Doe decision as well as the 5th anniversary of the introduction of the DACA program, both of which have helped advance civil rights in our public education system and promote economic progress.
For people with felony convictions, even those who haven’t been to prison, it’s challenging to find employment to support themselves and their families. This problem is compounded by collateral consequences, such as losing the right to vote and legal restrictions on employment, housing, and educational opportunities.
While U.S. senators continue to work behind closed doors to develop their health care proposal, some states are barreling ahead with plans to make sweeping Medicaid changes through the federal waiver process.
President Trump’s FY 2018 budget claims to demonstrate “commitment to early childhood outcomes by continuing to fund Head Start and Child Care at historically high levels.” In reality, it would cut funding for Head Start, child care assistance, and after-school child care.
President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal would cut more than $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years. These cuts, together with plans to block-grant Medicaid and eliminate home energy assistance, represent an all-out attack on low-income families as well as state budgets.
CLASP has released an analysis of President Trump’s paid parental leave proposal, which the administration put forward as a part of its budget. We find that the Trump proposal has serious shortcomings.
Young adults living in poverty face many “go throughs”: experiences of structural disadvantage and trauma that affect educational, economic, and other life outcomes. They frequently “get through” these challenges without formal mental health supports, relying on community-based programs and peer networks.
Untreated maternal depression prevents parents from supporting their children’s growth, endangers children’s safety and development, and impedes families from escaping poverty. Effective treatments exist, but low-income moms struggle to get care.
The president’s budget proposal is commonly described as a messaging document. Last week, President Trump made his message clear: the wellbeing of 14.6 million children who have disabilities or other special health care needs is not a priority.
The 2014 bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization took important steps to improve access to quality child care, continuity of care, health and safety for children, and economic stability for families. However, near-stagnant federal funding levels have made it challenging for states to meet new requirements.