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Teachers organize their socially distanced students at Weaver Elementary School in Rossmoor, California. Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Failure to shore up state budgets may hit women’s wallets especially hard

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.
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. AP Photo/Byron Rollins

Why Trump may usher in the biggest gas tax hike ever

Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
The White House favors public-private partnerships for widening congested roads and getting other pricey projects done. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Why Trump’s infrastructure ambitions are likely to stall

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.
While state investment decreases on average with distance from the CBD, Melbourne’s neediest suburbs aren’t forgotten. ymgerman from www.shutterstock.com

Melbourne shows up Sydney in funding the most disadvantaged suburbs

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.
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. Reuters/Stephen Jaffee

Welfare as we know it now: 6 questions answered

Trump’s rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.

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