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Federal Budget | Stories
May 6, 2013
Let's Get Fiscal: The Cliff, the Compromise and You
What the "fiscal cliff" and compromises will mean for children, youth and families.
April 18, 2013
The President's FY2014 Budget and Youth: A Round-Up
The President's budget shows big wins for pre-k, workforce development and opportunity youth, but isn't perfect.
March 12, 2013
Millennial Unemployment Still Higher than National Average
Last week's jobs report made headlines, but here's an under-reported take-away: young Americans remain unemployed at rates above the national average.
March 12, 2013
Jan's Corner: When the Sequester Hits Home
The sequester will have a real and potentially long-lasting impact on programs and on children and youth. Here's what we can do about it.
March 11, 2013
Early Childhood Gets Attention in Washington
From the National Women's Law Center, an update on how early care and learning is making its way around the budget, the media and advocates.
February 25, 2013
Budget Battles Matter for Low-Wage Families
How do families working low-wage jobs make it? Information and tools to help advocates safeguard the programs that work.
February 13, 2013
Top 5 Solutions to Cut Poverty Proposed by State of the Union
Five solutions from the Center of American Progress on how to lift families out of poverty in 2013.
December 11, 2012
After the Cliff: Opportunity to Move the Needle on Poverty?
Jan Richter blogs on promising areas of compromise in long-term economic plans.
December 3, 2012
VIDEOS: Presidents Helping Children & The American Dream for Kids
These new videos and an accompanying report show how past Presidents have invested in children--and why the current administration needs to do the same.
November 26, 2012
The Austerity Bomb
Voices for America's Children argues that sequestration won't only hurt kids, but can kick us back into a recession.
November 14, 2012
New Poverty Data Provide Key Insights into Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
Fall 2012 data from the Census Bureau should inform Congress’s decisions about a balanced approach to deficit reduction and tax reform says poverty expert ...
November 9, 2012
The Pending Threat of Congressional Actions to Children’s Safety Net Programs
Every Child Matters lays out the threats to children's safety net programs in the federal budget in 2013.
November 9, 2012
The Potential Impact of the Sequester on Selected Youth, Family, Aging and Disability Programs
Charts lay out how federal programs will be effected - to the dollar - by sequestration.
October 11, 2012
Video Tutorials on Affordable Care Act Basics
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new series of animated educational video tackle five common terms of ACA implementation.
October 5, 2012
It's About Our Future, Stupid!
Questions about children simply were not asked in this debate nor has the media raised them. Fortunately, there is time for this to occur. Children may not vote, but ...
October 3, 2012
Swamped: A Frameworks Game for Communicating
A gaming tool that couples public opinion with messaging help, so you can communicate about budgets and taxes, education, early childhood development and health. Who ...
August 31, 2012
The 'Good-Jobs' Challenge
Getting to a new economy will take a combination of approaches and many partners to get involved.
August 23, 2012
On TANF Anniversary, Time for Policymakers to Work on More than Rhetoric
On the 16th anniversary of theTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, experts say TANF and work requirements have resurfaced a hot button issue in ...
August 21, 2012
We Can Cut the Deficit and Cut Poverty at the Same Time
Having it all: why Half in Ten says boosting minimum wage and shoring up the safety net is a job creation strategy – and what you can do about it.
August 16, 2012
Sequestration: What Does it Mean for Us?
Unless Congress acts to create a balanced package that includes budget savings and increased revenues, sequestration cuts will hit families hard.
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