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Federal Budget | Stories
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.
August 6, 2012
A Finish Line in Sight for Youth Voice in Federal Policy?
Momentum is building for a Presidential Youth Council. Here's a look at several efforts underway and why they just might work.
August 3, 2012
A Likely Reprieve for Food Stamp Program
By making the federal health law’s Medicaid expansion optional for states, the U.S. Supreme Court has cast doubt on decades of established state-federal ...
August 3, 2012
Shortchanging and Failing Our Nation's Children and Our Future
First Focus President Bruce Lesley says that federal policymakers are simply not making children a priority.
July 30, 2012
Scenes from the Rally to Restore Balance & Protect America's Families
Angela Evans of the Coalition on Human Needs reflects on a rally in DC focused on protecting American's families and restoring balance in the federal budget.
July 24, 2012
Making Kids a Priority in the Federal Budget
How big a slice of the federal budget pie gets served to kids? Julee Newberger breaks down government spending for kids based on an event at Urban Institute
July 23, 2012
On the Offensive for Children in the Budget
The Forum for Youth Investment's Elizabeth Gaines takes a look at two annual children's budgets, released in the summer of 2012. The bottom line: We need to ...
July 23, 2012
Priorities for a “Faithful” Federal Budget
Food banks and soup kitchens alone won’t lift families out of hunger and poverty. We need a federal budget that supports the most vulnerable among us, according ...
July 18, 2012
The Benefits of Access: Eliminating Siloed Programs for Low-Income Americans
Timothy Warfield, executive director at the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), and Mark Schmeissing, NASCSP senior policy analyst, ...
June 29, 2012
The Supreme Court Has Spoken - Now What?
What are child and youth advocates saying about the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act?
June 20, 2012
Court Challenge Could Result In Medicaid Cutbacks Instead Of Expansion
The future of the nation’s largest health insurance program -- Medicaid -- hangs in the balance of the Supreme Court’s decision on the 2010 health law.
June 11, 2012
Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) FAQ's
Formed to fight nondefense discretionary (NDD) cuts in the federal budget, many human needs organizations have formed an NDD Summit. To accompany a sign-on letter to ...
May 31, 2012
Senate Leader Reid Says Automatic Cuts Will Occur Without Deal to Increase Revenues
Senator Reid says, “I am not going to back off the sequestration,” Reid said. “That’s the law we passed."
May 30, 2012
Prezi: What is Sequestration and Why Does it Matter?
Learn more about this sequestration, or trigger cuts, in this prezi below from from United Way Worldwide's Lindsay Torrico.
May 29, 2012
Freedom to Succeed: How Using School Choice Can Help Narrow the Achievement Gap
Lindsey M. Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in education at The Heritage Foundation, asserts in this commentary that providing educational control to families through ...
May 17, 2012
VIDEO: Michael Gerson on Poverty and Opportunity
In this webcast series,
columnist and former speechwriter and senior advisor to President Goerge W. Bush Michael Gerson discusses poverty, ...
May 16, 2012
Senate Budget Plans Range From Extreme to Unimaginable
The Coalition on Human Needs sent thisletter making points to every senator about the budget.
May 15, 2012
The Congressional Hunger Games: Time for Both Sides to Step Up
In a new commentary series on the fight to end childhood hunger and food insecurity in America, Joel Berg, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and ...
April 28, 2012
My Year on Food Stamps
Politicians aren’t looking to curb spending by looking to billionaires like Warren Buffett, Wendy Fontaine says. Instead “[t]hey are looking to people ...
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