Some states make it possible to use SNAP benefits at farmers markets.
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More Americans are getting benefits, and more of the people getting benefits are eligible for higher levels of support.
Teachers organize their socially distanced students at Weaver Elementary School in Rossmoor, California.
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When the federal government doesn't intervene during downturns, the states often cut school spending. In turn, teachers may earn less or lose their jobs. And three in four teachers are female.
The White House is threatening to cut funds to school districts that don’t resume daily in-person instruction.
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US cities and states are responsible for the vast majority of K-12 funding.
Low-income Seattle students began to pick up bagged lunches in March after their school closed.
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The Education Department is reinterpreting rules Congress wrote for how public school systems should share federal dollars with private schools.
SNAP can help low-income families eat a more balanced diet.
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This pillar of the American safety net originated as a solution to the paradox of hunger in the midst of plenty.
An abandoned Arkansas high school.
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Often schools close out of a belief that taking this step will save money and help students. Whether or not those benefits materialize, there are downsides for the locals.
Chicago’s teachers say they are seeking a better deal for their students too.
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Research suggests that kids benefit when there are fewer of them in a classroom. But quickly reducing class size can cause new problems as schools scramble to hire new teachers.
Average Walmart workers make twice the federal minimum wage but may still qualify for public benefits.
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Stressing out about potentially losing benefits can prolong financial instability. Solving this problem will help low-paid workers and everyone else.
A Special Olympics basketball clinic in Charlotte, N.C. in January 2019.
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The White House proposed these cuts for three years in a row. That clashes with longstanding bipartisan leadership regarding rights for all people with disabilities.
More than 40 million Americans rely on SNAP for groceries.
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Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, right, looking at a map in 1955 of highways to be built with federal funds that retired Gen. Lucius Clay, left, had outlined.
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Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
The first food stamps program, created amid the Great Depression, lasted four years.
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SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
The new plan is supposed to boost the construction of new roads, bridges and other public works projects.
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The long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan fails to address some major obstacles to private investment.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done.
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The $1.5 trillion plan he's proposing would do the most for ventures that don't really need the government's help and ignores some major obstacles to private investment.
For many Americans, there is no such thing as affordable housing in today’s real estate market.
Slashing government spending on housing and scrapping a key financing option for new units would make it harder than ever for low-income Americans to keep a roof over their heads.
While state investment decreases on average with distance from the CBD, Melbourne’s neediest suburbs aren’t forgotten.
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The neediest suburbs get a much poorer deal in Sydney than in Melbourne. A new study provides a suburb-by-suburb breakdown of state investment, including what facilities and services have been funded.
A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
When President Bill Cllinton officially ended welfare as we knew it, he was flanked by women who had received Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
SNAP helps millions of Americans get food on their tables.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy. As research indicates that it's working well, this drive to defund is baffling experts.
When a man was diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas in 2014, workers cleared out the apartment unit where he had been staying.
President Trump wants to slash global health funding at a time when more investment is needed, not less. This spending can protect Americans – as well as foreigners – from deadly diseases.