"Governor Charlie Baker on Monday proposed doubling the tax credit, and several state legislators on both sides of the aisle have filed bills to increase it — including one that would more than triple the tax break and give Massachusetts the largest state Earned Income Tax Credit in the nation. If the state were to triple the tax credit, joint filers wi […]
"Millions of dollars in federal grant money left unspent was intended to help Hidalgo County families. However, a large chunk of the money is going back to Washington instead of being used by Hidalgo County citizens and permanent residents making less than $11,000 a year."
"Officials have announced a $2 million federal grant that will pay for low-income housing for 50 families in Nevada. The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will assist Nevada’s state Housing Division with placing extremely low income people with disabilities in permanent, affordable rental homes."
"Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies, the state and federally designated antipoverty agencies covering every city and town in Connecticut, are dealing with a devastating cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed FY 2016-2017 biennial budget."
"Last week, after just two hours of debate, the Mississippi House passed a bill that would phase out the state’s personal income tax. If passed, the bill could gradually eliminate nearly a third of state revenues. Despite the hollow promises of tax-cut advocates, eliminating the income tax would do nothing to improve employment or economic opportunity i […]
"Yesterday, Seattle began offering some commuters lower fares for public transit based on their income. Individuals making less than $23,340 a year and families of four making less than $47,700 annually now qualify for a program called ORCA LIFT, which will give users rates of $1.50 per ride, less than half of usual peak fares."
"When you ask people what impacts health you'll get a lot of different answers: Access to good health care and preventative services, personal behavior, exposure to germs or pollution and stress. But if you dig a little deeper you'll find a clear dividing line, and it boils down to one word: money."
"Richard Reeves and Joanna Ventor of the Brookings Institution have a new paper out examining the impact income level has on unintended childbearing among single women.* They found that women have about the same amount of sex regardless of class, but poorer women are five times as likely to have unintended births than more affluent women. A huge chunk o […]
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. Nowhere is this more important than in our nation's poorest […]
"Missing from the recent growth of Rhode Island’s solar and wind-energy sectors are renewable projects that serve low-income residents. Of the 100 or so projects built in recent years with state subsidies, only a handful benefit affordable housing and low-income groups."