- New York Post, April 22, 2015: Low income families do send kids to elite schools: report
"Thousands of students from the poorest neighborhoods are being accepted at the city’s elite public high schools — puncturing claims that poverty is a bar to the coveted seats, a new analysis reveals. Nearly one in three students enrolled at Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and five other specialized high schools comes from low-income neighborhoods, according to the Independent Budget Office."
- New York Post, April 22, 2015: ‘I feel like a tourist': Inside poor students’ Ivy League isolation
"The needs of first-generation and low-income students have been a topic of concern among higher education experts for years, but there are a variety of reasons for the recent boost in national attention. For one, social media has given students a wider platform to share their experience. An example of this phenomenon is Columbia Class Confessions, a page launched last month by Toni Airaksinen, a Barnard freshman and FLIP member, which features stories of students skipping meals, working several jobs and even going to such extremes as donating their eggs to make ends meet at school."
- MarketWatch, April 22, 2015: A tax-reform agenda for low-income Americans
" This amalgam of 30 progressive organizations (from AARP to the NAACP to United Way Worldwide) and tax researchers, maintains that America’s tax system is wildly skewed to favor the wealthy, with the top 1% of households receiving more benefits of wealth-building tax breaks than the bottom 80% combined."
- CNN Money, April 21, 2015: 88,000 apply to get in this 'poor door'
"A 33-story luxury complex in Manhattan has 55 affordable rentals at below-market rates for those who meet certain income requirements - and a staggering 88,000 applications have been received."
- Tampa Bay Times, April 21, 2015: (Editorial) Light versus darkness in Florida Legislature
"The difference between right and wrong in the Florida Legislature is as obvious as light and darkness. Senators met in the sunshine Tuesday to discuss the considerable benefits of accepting federal Medicaid expansion money and revamping payments to hospitals for treating the uninsured. House Republicans met in secret and were asked to trust their leadership's rigid opposition to providing health coverage to low-income Floridians. It's hard to meet in public when your position is financially and morally irresponsible."
- Press Herald, April 21, 2015: Maine Republicans back constitutional amendment to abolish income tax
"Republican leaders in the House and Senate are backing Gov. Paul LePage’s effort to amend the constitution to abolish the income tax. In a letter sent to the top lawmakers from both parties Monday, LePage urged legislative leaders from both parties to sign on as co-sponsors to his proposal. He says the Maine people agree that the “path to prosperity” is a future with no income tax."
- Waco Tribune, April 21, 2015: Midway ISD board approves ‘letter of concern’ about low-income housing
"Midway Independent School District’s board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a letter stating that it does not support a proposed low-income housing development near Woodgate Intermediate School, claiming the complex, coupled with a new D.R. Horton subdivision in the same attendance zone, could strain the district’s resources."
- Ocala Star Banner, April 21, 2015: UF Health Jax CEO: Hospital will close without low-income pool money
"The head of UF Health in Jacksonville painted a dire picture Tuesday of the future of his hospital without the pool of money that helps cover the cost of uninsured adults' unpaid bills. 'If I lose it, I'll close in a few months,' UF Health Jacksonville Chief Executive Officer Russell Armistead told the Florida Senate about the pot of money known as the low-income pool (LIP)."
- NJ.com, April 20, 2015: Is Somerset one of the best counties for children? Yes, report says
"Somerset County is one of the best places in the state for children, according to the latest annual Kids Count report released Monday. For the second year in a row, Somerset County was ranked No. 3 in the report, which measures the state's 21 counties in 13 categories, including poverty, health, safety and education. Nearby Morris and Hunterdon counties finished ahead of Somerset."
- CityMetric, April 20, 2015: Poor doors highlight the social costs of growing up in the shadow of wealth
"One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings recently started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use a controversial “poor door” – a separate entrance from their wealthier neighbors who pay the full monthly rate."
- Arizona Daily Star, April 20, 2015: Tucson offers $2 swim lessons for low-income kids
"Low-income children who live in the city limits can get swimming lessons for $2 this summer. The 2-week classes will be offered in June and July at 18 city pools."
- King5, April 20, 2015: WA treasurer proposes cutting some taxes, creating income tax
"The state treasurer is proposing lowering sales and property tax rates and creating a state income tax to pay for education. The legislature was ordered by the state supreme court to come up with a plan by the end of the current legislative session to fully fund K-12 education as mandated by the state constitution."
- New York Daily News, April 20, 2015: Upper West Side condo gets 88,000 applications for 55 low-income units: report
"Low-income tenants are banging down the poor door to get into an Upper West Side condominium. The development company that set aside 55 lower-income rental units in its luxury building has received 88,000 applications, The New York Times reported Monday."
- Florida Today, April 19, 2015: (Editorial) Stop gouging us, House; cover the poor
"By rejecting an expansion of Medicaid, the House of Representatives is standing guard over a broken system that forces you to pay twice to care for the working poor:"
- The Trentonian, April 19, 2015: Alarming number of teenagers are quitting school to work
"Teenagers drop out of high school for all sorts of reasons: lack of motivation, little support from parents, poor academic performance. But for some low-income students, the decision to leave is purely economic. Many are going to work so they can make money to help their families."
- Medical Daily, April 19, 2015: Learn With Homer App May Help Close School-Readiness Gap Among Low-Income Preschoolers
"Kids on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder typically end up with less educational material to work with and subsequently fall behind once they start school. A new study, however, has found a common smartphone app may help parents bring their kids back up to to speed — at least when it comes to reading."
- The Republic, April 18, 2015: Housing officials hope to bring more low-income residents into better Portland neighborhoods
"Acknowledging that Portland's poorest residents have dwindling options to live in good neighborhoods, local housing officials have hatched a plan to open 500 units in so-called 'opportunity' areas."
- Fox News, April 19, 2015: Neighbors Stopped George Lucas' Film Studio, So He's Building Thousands Of Low-Income Housing Instead
"His neighbors kept him from building a film studio, so George Lucas is building a huge low-income housing development on his Bay Area property instead. Lucas submitted plans Wednesday to build 224 low-income homes on 52 acres of his idyllic 1,000 acre California ranch, the Daily Mail reports. He designed and is funding the $200 million housing project."
- The Miami Herald, April 17, 2015: Medicaid is expanding in other states — just not Florida
"An estimated 850,000 uninsured Floridians would be newly eligible for coverage under the plan, though they would be required to work or to attend school, and to pay monthly premiums. But House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott oppose any Medicaid expansion because they say they don’t trust the federal government to keep its promise to pay for covering more Floridians. Other states have overcome political opposition to Medicaid expansion and adopted plans to bring government-subsidized coverage to more of their low-income residents: 28 states and the District of Columbia, as of April. Expansion is under discussion in Missouri, Montana, Utah, Alaska and Tennessee."
- Phys.Org, April 17, 2015: Study links brain anatomy, academic achievement, and family income
"A new study led by researchers at MIT and Harvard University offers another dimension to this so-called 'achievement gap': After imaging the brains of high- and low-income students, they found that the higher-income students had thicker brain cortex in areas associated with visual perception and knowledge accumulation. Furthermore, these differences also correlated with one measure of academic achievement—performance on standardized tests."
- The Miami Herald, April 18, 2015: PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott says feds are ‘walking away’ from funding Florida’s Low Income Pool program
"Scott is pointing to the state’s loss of federal money for safety net hospitals called the Low Income Pool. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made it crystal clear in February 2015 that some $1.3 billion in Florida’s LIP funding won’t be renewed after June 30. That left a billion-dollar hole in Scott’s proposed budget, which assumed that LIP money would be available. And on Thursday Scott announced he was suing the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid."
- MarketWatch, April 16, 2015: Fewer low-income borrowers benefit from student loans
"The borrowers struggling the most to pay off their student debt are exactly the people that student loans are designed to help. Regardless of whether they left school in 2005, 2007 or 2009, low-income borrowers were more likely than their wealthier counterparts to default or be at least 120 days delinquent on their payments within five years of graduation, according to data released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York."
- The Tallahassee Democrat, April 16, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott to sue feds over low income pool
"In the latest escalation of a complicated standoff between the federal government and the state, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue federal officials for tying funding for some hospitals and other health-care providers to Medicaid expansion."
- People Magazine, April 16, 2015: George Lucas Plans to Build a Low-Income Housing Development
"After being denied approval to build a film studio on his own property in Marin County, California, George Lucas has come up with an even bigger plan: to build an affordable housing development."
- Slate, April 16, 2015: Together but Not Equal
"As this controversy illustrates, mixing the rich and poor sounds simple in theory but can raise a number of complications. And the problem isn’t limited to which door people enter. While economically mixed communities can offer safety, better living conditions, and better schools, a growing body of research suggests they can also adversely affect low-income residents."
- The Huffington Post, April 16, 2015: A Greater Good: How One Landlord Helps Low-Income Renters
"In King County, where Charles has his rental properties, one out of five households are below the federal poverty level. And that number is closer to one in three rental households nationally, according to Zillow internal data."
- The Washington Post, April 15, 2015: New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids
"New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap. Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly 1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive tests."
- The Washington Post, April 15, 2015: (Blog) Battle over Florida Medicaid expansion is a big, big deal
"To catch you up, Florida had been in talks with the administration over expanding Medicaid to 800,000 or more Floridians. But Scott recently reversed his previous support for the expansion. Scott did this because the federal government is close to nixing some of the billions in Medicaid funding for another program — the Low-Income Pool, or LIP — which funnels money to hospitals for low-income patients. Scott says this shows the feds can’t be trusted to honor their commitment under the Medicaid expansion."
- Forbes, April 15, 2015: A Tax Reform Agenda For Low-Income Americans
"So this coalition just handed the Senate’s tax-writing committee a list of 15 tax-reform proposals they say would significantly increase benefits for lower-income households and households of color and have a sustainable impact on their economic mobility. These new or reformulated tax breaks focus on increasing financial security, retirement savings and access to higher education and home ownership."
- The Hill, April 15, 2015: Survey: Low-income earners' taxes too high
"More people in the United States say lower-income earners pay too much in federal taxes, according to a survey Gallup released Wednesday. As Americans face the Wednesday deadline to pay their taxes, 45 percent of adults believe those in lower brackets pay too much, up 5 percentage points from recent years, the poll found."
- Working Knoweldge, April 15, 2015: (Blog) Why Americans Voted for an Income Tax
"Americans have long balanced competing notions of fairness when deciding on policy toward the poor. We want everyone to pitch in, to pay their 'fair share,' so we have moved away from making cash transfers to low-income households and have avoided proposals for a minimum guaranteed income. At the same time, we want to support those in need, to give them a 'fair shot,' so we make use of policies such as the earned income tax credit, childcare subsidies, and Medicaid to help people work their way into the broad middle class."
- Insurance News Net, April 15, 2015: Low Income Renters - The Most Under-Served Group In The Renters Insurance Market
"Renters who make less than $30,000 annually buy renters insurance only 25 percent of the time, while those making over $75,000 annually have coverage 69 percent of the time. This is according to a study commissioned by Effective Coverage and performed by ORC International." "
- Colorado Public Radio, April 15, 2015: 5 things to know about the Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven poverty reliever
"In 2013, 358,000 low-income Coloradans claimed the credit, receiving $777 million total. And because the program is designed to primarily benefit families, poor children often benefit."
- CBS San Francisco Bay Area, April 14, 2015: Study Finds California’s Tax System Too Burdensome For Low-Income Earners
"With taxes due April 15th, a Sacramento watchdog group has come out with their annual report that finds California’s low-income earners are paying 10.5 percent of their income in state and local taxes while the wealthiest in the state are only paying 8.7 percent."
- Social Times, April 14, 2014: Facebook to Bring Free WiFi to Low-Income Neighborhood in São Paulo
"acebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s mission to connect the world has extended to the Heliopolis favela in São Paulo. Zuckerberg met with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff at the 7th Summit of the Americas in Panama City last Friday, where they announced a trial Internet connectivity program in the low-income neighborhood."
- ABC 3340, April 14, 2015: Meeting the needs of low income Alabamians
"Many people in Montgomery gathered Tuesday to create a unified voice of support for low income Alabamians. This year, Arise Citizen's Policy Project is fighting for 'a healthy, secure and prosperous state.' It believes that cannot be achieved with massive budget cuts."
- WFSU, April 14, 2015: Feds To Florida On LIP, Medicaid: 'We're Watching You'
"The House and Senate remain at odds over whether to use federal Medicaid dollars to insure up to a million Floridians. A key feature of the dispute is a separate federal program reimbursing hospitals that treat low-income patients."
- Time, April 13, 2015: Why Are States Leaving Billions in Retiree Income on the Table?
"Many elderly can afford to pay more in taxes. And with a growing number of needy seniors to support, states can't afford to pass up that revenue."
- Hawaii News Now, April 13, 2015: Preschool funding at risk for low-income families
"But the state isn't appropriating enough money for the program to help hundreds of parents in 2016. Preschool Open Doors faces a $6 million funding cut."
- Topeka Capital-Journal, April 13, 2015: IRS: Low-income workers could get money back
"Even if you don’t make enough money to not have to file a tax return, you could be walking away from money if you decide not to, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS reminded workers to find out if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, even if they don’t have to file a tax return because they have too little income."
- The Olympian, April 13, 2015: Olympia makes deal with low-income housing developer on downtown site
"Olympia has negotiated a deal with the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle to sell the nonprofit a different vacant lot for a proposed 43-unit development downtown."
- NBC News, April 12, 2015: The Geography and Politics of Taxes
"In fact, those two factors together combine to create very different realities for high- and low-income taxpayers in different states across the country, according to data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. For those with low incomes, the bottom 20% in each state, Delaware and the District of Columbia, offer the lowest effective tax rates. Both those jurisdictions have effective tax rates of less than 6% for low-income taxpayers."
- Deseret News, April 12, 2015: College degree does little to resolve income inequality
"A recent study published by the Hamilton Project, an economic research project, found that while education can propel Americans from the lower class to the middle class, there is little evidence education reduces the gap between the middle class and the wealthiest citizens, reported Education News."
- Orlando Sentinel, April 12, 2015: Feud between state Senate, Gov. Scott boils over
"The feud between Scott and the Senate blew out into the open last week, with Scott blaming senators for sabotaging his Medicaid negotiations with the federal government, and senators publicly scolding his agency heads. The main source of the disagreement is over Medicaid. Scott is negotiating with the federal government to extend the Low Income Pool, a $2.2 billion Medicaid program paid with county and federal funds for health care for low-income and uninsured patients."
- Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 11, 2015: (Op-Ed) Empower high-achieving, low-income students across Virginia
"There is a profound and widening excellence gap: a measurable difference between lower-income and higher-income students who reach and remain at 'advanced' levels of academic performance. It’s not just that rich kids test 'advanced' at a higher rate; the problem is that kids who test 'advanced' and are poor tend to backslide the longer they stay in the public schools, don’t graduate at the same rate as other smart kids and don’t go on to graduate school in comparable percentages."
- IJReview, April 11, 2015: Low-Income Ivy League Students Face Difficulty Adjusting To Elite College Life
"A new report from the Boston Globe says that low-income students who attend Ivy League colleges on full scholarships sometimes have a difficult time fitting in."
- The Boston Globe, April 9, 2015: What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school?
"But receiving a full scholarship to an Ivy League school, while a transformative experience for the nation’s poorest students, is only the first hurdle. Once on campus, students report feelings of loneliness, alienation, and plummeting self-confidence. Having grant money for tuition and fees and holding down jobs, too, as virtually all of them do, doesn’t translate to having the pocket money to keep up with free-spending peers. And some disadvantaged students feel they don’t have a right to complain to peers or administrators about anything at all; they don’t want to be perceived as ungrateful."
- The Washington Post, April 10, 2015: (Op-Ed) Integration is key to low-income students’ success
"Socioeconomic integration is a more significant factor in the success of low-income students than all the academic efforts and school resources combined. Low-income students perform better and can close the achievement gap with their more affluent peers when they attend low-poverty schools."
- The New York Times, April 10, 2015: When Work and Sleep Conflict, Work Wins
"On average, adults earning the highest incomes — around $98,000 for a family of four — sleep 40 minutes less than people in the lowest-income families."
- Here & Now, April 9, 2015: When Money Is Tight, FLIP Helps Some College Students Stay In School
"Low-income college students have challenges beyond tuition, room and board. They can have trouble paying for food. A group called First Generation Low Income Partnership, or FLIP, is trying to change that."
- Augusta Free Press, April 9, 2015: Report: Low-income Americans benefit from clean energy?
"While climate change threatens the public health and economic well-being of everyone, low-income Americans are especially vulnerable to the extreme weather and dramatic increases in electricity costs associated with global warming, according to a new report released Wednesday by Natural Resources Defense Council."
- Greater Greater Washington, April 9, 2015: DC is giving low-income babies and toddlers the kind of childcare they need
"Last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an initiative that promises to boost the quality of child care for some of the District's youngest, and poorest, children. Currently, about 750 babies and toddlers in DC benefit from the high standards set by the federal Early Head Start program. Soon another 400 will join them."
- Lincoln Journal-Star, April 9, 2015: Deal would preserve grants for low-income college students
"College students in need would continue to have access to state grants under a compromise lawmakers reached Thursday over how Nebraska should use its lottery proceeds over the next five years. If the deal survives two more rounds of voting by the Legislature and is approved by the governor, it would essentially hold funding steady for the Nebraska Opportunity Grant, which provided an average of about $1,000 to nearly 16,000 students enrolled in Nebraska colleges and universities last year."
- Family Studies, April 9, 2015: The Problems Low-Income, Nonresident Fathers Face
"Programs designed to promote lower-income, nonresident fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives are fighting an uphill battle against an array of problems, a new research brief suggests."
- The Frisky, April 10, 2015: What $29 A Week For Food Looks Like For Actual Low-Income People (And Not Gwyneth Paltrow)
"About 46 million Americans are living on SNAP. And there are 23.5 million Americans living in food deserts, 13.5 million of whom are low-income."
- The Oregonian, April 10, 2015: Portland could expand low-income utility discounts, panel says
"Without question, Portland utilities have the ability to extend discounts to thousands of low-income residents who are currently ineligible, a city panel concluded Thursday. Whether it actually happens - that remains a political calculation for the Portland City Council."
- The Colorado Independent, April 10, 2015: Five grim realities for Colorado’s low-income workers
"Here, the economy is growing – but at the expense of workers and taxpayers, according to a recent report from the Colorado Fiscal Institute. In a state with a booming housing market, rising rents and growing industry, the numbers look pretty bleak for the 20 percent of workers living under the federal poverty line."
- Bangor Daily News, April 10, 2015: (Editorial) Democrats take Maine’s tax debate in the right direction
"Now, Democratic leaders in the Legislature have put forward something more than opposition: They’ve released a tax plan of their own that moves the entire conversation about tax reform in a promising direction. The Democratic plan touches all three major taxes paid by Maine residents, but its core focus on reducing property taxes rather than the income tax — the tax that LePage is almost singularly focused on cutting ( in fact, eliminating) — is a welcome one."
- ABC Action News, April 8, 2015: New grant program makes fresh fruits and vegetables affordable for low-income families
"A new grant program will make it easier for thousands of low income families to buy fruits and vegetables. The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant is expected to increase farmer revenue by $2.1 million dollars."
- The Huffington Post, April 8, 2015: (Blog) 8 Ways to Make College More Accessible to Low-Income Students
"Amidst our platitudes and promises of equity and justice, there are some pretty clear-cut reasons why low-income students are dropping out, failing out, or never even starting college. And although there is no silver bullet, it becomes painfully hard to throw our hands up in the air in the face of so many simple and solvable barriers."
- The Huffington Post, April 8, 2015: Vassar College Actively Recruited Low-Income Students, And Got $1 Million For It
"Catharine Hill, who became president of Vassar in 2006, has a background in economics focused on college accessibility. One of the biggest changes she made was to dedicate more funding to need-based financial aid. In 2007, she also moved the school back to a need-blind admissions process, meaning that a students' financial background is not a factor in whether they are admitted. The school worked with Questbridge, a nonprofit organization that connects motivated low-income students to selective colleges."
- CBS San Francisco Bay Area, April 8, 2015: Suspended Driver’s Licenses Disproportionately Affects Low-Income California Residents
"One in six California drivers has had their license suspended because they failed to pay fines on traffic violations. That’s 4.2 million people. A new study shows how escalating fines and penalties are driving poor people further into poverty."
- Victorville Daily Press, April 8, 2015: Community Action Partnership seeking voices of low-income residents
"Low-income residents of San Bernardino County are encouraged to attend and participate in any of several planned Community Needs Forums hosted by the county's Community Action Partnership. The purpose of the forums is to gather input on conditions and causes of local poverty, the needs of the low-income community and to identify programs addressing those needs."
- Pacific Standard, April 8, 2015: A Big Financial Boost for Low-Income Families
"But it’s refreshing to hear that at least one program—the Earned Income Tax Credit program, or EITC—is actually netting positive results. In a new study, researchers are crediting the EITC with giving low-earning families a sense of self-respect—something that’s valuable, even if it’s tough to tack a dollar amount to."
- One News Now, April 8, 2015: Middle-class schools do little better than low-income schools
"In the latest of a series of studies, a research organization has found that many students in middle-class schools in Michigan fail to meet or exceed proficiency standards. The study is titled 'Not as Good as You Think: Why Michigan Parents Should Be Concerned about Their Local Schools,' and is authored by Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute. He says middle-class students often fare no better than their counterparts in low-income, urban public schools."
- The Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2015: No movies, concerts, or tattoos: Kansas bill would limit use of welfare funds
"Movies. Tattoo parlors. Theme parks. These are just some of the things that Kansas families on welfare will no longer be able to spend state dollars on, if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signs House Bill 2258 into law this week."
- The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2015: Colleges Launch Food Pantries to Help Low-Income Students
"Food pantries, where students in need can stock up on groceries and basic supplies, started cropping up on campuses in large numbers after the recession began in 2007. More than 200 U.S. colleges, mostly public institutions, now operate pantries, and more are on the way, even as the economy rebounds."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2015: Vassar Receives $1-Million Award for Success With Low-Income Students
"Vassar College is the inaugural recipient of an annual $1-million award given to the college that most successfully admits and graduates low-income students, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced Tuesday."
- New England Public Radio, April 7, 2015: Quick Income Changes Can Threaten Coverage For Those On Medicaid
"When the earnings of low-income consumers change over the course of the year, a family can risk losing their health coverage if they shift between eligibility for Medicaid and eligibility for coverage on the health insurance exchanges that were set up under the Affordable Care Act."
- Georgia Public Broadcasting, April 7, 2015: Atlanta Offering Summer Meal Program For Low-Income Children
"Atlanta city officials say they're planning to offer a federally-supported program to provide meals to low-income children during summer break from school."
- Daily Journal, April 7, 2015: Bill helping low-income Nevada children afford private school passes Senate, heads to governor
"Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposal to help lower-income students afford private schools passed the Nevada Senate in party-line vote on Tuesday and is now headed to his desk for final approval. Senators approved AB165, which proponents say will help students leave lower-achieving schools and attend one of the estimated 200 private schools in the state that might be financially out of reach."
- The Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2015: Tax credit helps low-income workers save for retirement
"If a stranger walked up to you today and offered to give you $1,000, and it wasn't a con job, would you take it? How about $200 or $100? If your income is low, I've got just such a deal for you. And the only work you will have to do to earn it is to take some time with your tax return. In fact, if you've been wondering how you are going to come up with the money to pay your taxes this year, this deal could fix the problem."
- U.S. News & World Report, April 6, 2015: 'Free Tuition' Plans Don't Solve the College Cost Problem
"But at the same time, the university's Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition by at least 3 percent every year for the last 10 years – or a roughly 47 percent increase since the 2005-06 school year. In doing so, the university funds its financial aid initiative in part from the tuition revenue wealthy student bring in. It also has a $21 billion endowment, and a portion of the returns each year goes toward university operations."
- The Boston Globe, April 6, 2015: Parents, education, and the relentlessness of low incomes
"Many aspects of the economic picture have improved since the height of the recession in late 2008. Yet the number of children living in families categorized as poor or near-poor remains stubbornly high, recently released figures from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University show. "
- New Haven Register, April 6, 2015: More Connecticut dentists now treating low-income patients, but coverage gaps persist
"Thousands of low-income adults and children have gained access to dental services in recent years as the number of dentists accepting Medicaid and HUSKY patients has soared, according to state data."
- Coloradoan, April 5, 2015: University Hospital dogged by access questions
"The University of Colorado Hospital is the largest and highest-ranked hospital in the state, an academic institution nationally renowned for its cancer and other specialty care. The complex on the Anschutz Medical Campus towers over Aurora's Montview Park, an area where the poverty rate is around 40 percent, roughly in line with the poverty rate in the Mississippi Delta. A persistent complaint has dogged the hospital in recent years. The thrust: low-income patients have trouble getting in the door."
- New Pittsburgh Courier, April 4, 2015: How gov’t aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans
"Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals unveiled March 26 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
- Missourian, April 4, 2015: (Editorial) Don't create new tax credits until program is reformed
"Missouri lawmakers hunting for revenue to support state programs need to take a long-overdue look at tax credits. Currently, there are more than 60 of them, valued at $629 million in 2012. That’s nearly as large as the state’s higher education budget ($850 million) in 2013. Lawmakers for years have been talking about reining them in, but there has been no comprehensive reform, though limits have been imposed on some individual programs."
- New America Media, April 3, 2015: GENTRIFIED: Affordable Housing Unaffordable’ for Many Low-Income Oakland Seniors
"But like many retirees on fixed-incomes in San Francisco and other urban areas experiencing technology booms, Gibson is struggling to keep a roof over his head. Now that he lives on a limited income, a secure and affordable place to live is vital to Gibson. He pays $450 a month for a small, narrow, rent-controlled apartment – basically a line of rooms that lead one to another."
- Centre Daily Times, April 3, 2015: Dental, vision checkups available for low-income families in Centre County
"For uninsured families, the task of putting food on the table is often difficult enough without having to worry about medical care. 'Unfortunately, families with no insurance who are working hard to provide a roof over their head let vision and dental care take a back seat,' said Centre Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director Cheryl White. In a lot of cases, she said, the children in these families have never had the chance to see a vision or dental specialist."
- WUSF News, April 3, 2015: Senate Approves Healthcare Funding For More Low Income Residents
"he only thing lawmakers are required to do is craft a budget for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. But the House and Senate have some big differences in their proposed budgets. The biggest difference is a $5-billion gap regarding healthcare costs. The Senate has a plan to continue receiving federal money to pay for healthcare for low-income people."
- Non-Profit Quarterly, April 3, 2015: Small Farms and Low Income Families Benefit from This New Grant Program
"On April 1st, Secretary Tom Vilsack of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recipients of $31.5 million in grants from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program. The FINI program was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill."
- Contra Costa Times, April 2, 2015: East Bay: Grants awarded for low income healthy eating programs
"The Ecology Center in Berkeley and Mandela Marketplace in Oakland received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage low-income residents receiving federal food assistance to eat more fruits and vegetables."
- Boise State Public Radio, April 2, 2015: Report Finds Low-Income, Latino Idahoans Experience More Barriers In Healthcare Access
"Latinos in Idaho experience barriers that make the process of enrolling in healthcare through the state's insurance exchange more challenging. That's according to a report released Thursday by a liberal advocacy group, the Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN)."
- Identities.Mic, April 2, 2015: One Mom’s Major Victory in the Fight to Treat Low-Income Autistic Children
"Abdull's request that her state fund a health plan enabling access to these therapies was finally granted last week, and now the 1 million poor and disabled Minnesotans who receive aid through Medical Assistance have access to these treatments, according to the Star Tribune."
- TruthDig, April 2, 2015: Stanford’s Making Tuition, Room and Board Virtually Free for Students From Low-Income Families
"Stanford University has just taken a huge step toward helping students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year get a college education without accruing inordinate amounts of debt."
- ABC 6 News, April 2, 2015: Minnesota May Boost Cash Grants for Low-Income Families
"Minnesota's cash grant for low-income families could increase for the first time in nearly 30 years."
- Minnesota Public Radio, April 1, 2015: New services coming for low-income Minnesota kids with autism
"The federal government has approved a new benefit for families dealing with autism in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services announced today that the state will provide 'early intensive intervention' for children and young adults on the autism spectrum who are on Medical Assistance."
- Tampa Bay Times, April 1, 2015: Program for low-income patients on the rocks
"Federal health care officials are temporarily suspending negotiations with Florida over a $2.2 billion program that helps safety-net hospitals, the state Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday."
- MinnPost, April 1, 2015: (Op-Ed) Five anti-choice bills would especially burden low-income women
"This session, Minnesota lawmakers have introduced five anti-choice bills. Their goal: to make abortion less accessible in our state. Two identical bills, SF 800 and HF 607, would bar Medicaid and other public health programs in the state from covering abortion services, policies that would disproportionally impact low-income women."
- CT News, April 1, 2015: UCONN study: Bright, low-income kids are short changed
"A new report co-authored by UConn professor of education Jonathan Plucker says high-achieving students from low-income households can’t rely on resilience alone to see them through."
- The Huffington Post, April 1, 2015: This Exercise Craze Is Giving Low-Income Women A Chance To Prioritize Their Health
"The environment itself has been one of the biggest obstacles to healthy living. There are few parks for calisthenics. Crime poses a threat to early morning or late afternoon runs. And traditional gyms are virtually nonexistent. All these factors make it particularly challenging for residents to stay in shape, according to Gabriela Gonzalez, a project manager for health programs at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation."
- The Daily Caller, April 1, 2015: Low-Income, Minority Households Bear Costs Of Solar Subsidies
"Government subsidies make residential solar panels more affordable, but also lead to higher electricity bills for non-solar customers, especially low-income families and minorities."
- RH Reality Check, April 1, 2015: Low-Income Communities Are Disproportionately Put at Risk for Health Problems
"Chicago’s Southeast Side is a working-class area in a period of transition, moving from an industrial past with strong roots in steel to a revitalized present. Along the way, the community is facing a considerable problem: what to do with the remnants of industry, including polluted and closed sites."
- The Washington Post, March 31, 2015: Gifted students — especially those who are low-income — aren’t getting the focus they need
"States aren’t doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families — that’s the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent Tuesday with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children."
- The Huffington Post, March 31, 2015: (Blog) Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide
"The growing national concern about income inequality across much of American society should focus on the sharp and damaging divide within the ranks of low-income working families -- with whites and Asians faring better than other racial and ethnic groups. While minorities make up 40 percent of all working families, they constitute 58 percent of all low-income working families."
- MassLive, March 31, 2015: Supporters of film tax credit, low-income working families pack Statehouse hearing on tax bill
"Advocates for working class families packed Gardner Auditorium in the Statehouse on Tuesday to ask a legislative committee to support a proposal to double a tax credit for low-income working families. However, they sat next to advocates for the film industry, who objected to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to pay for the expansion by eliminating a tax credit for film production."
- The Daily Northwestern, March 31, 2015: Low-income child care vulnerable after no new revenue used to fix 2015 state deficit
"Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Thursday to fix the 2015 funding deficit, which had disproportionally hurt low-income child care centers. The new law allocates $293 million for early childhood education by taking funding from other services and by cutting government functions 2.25 percent across the board. However, critics say child care centers for low-income families will still face instability until new methods of revenue are proposed."
- Progress Illinois, March 31, 2015: Grant To Connect Low-Income IL Job Seekers To Employers
"Illinois will be expanding efforts to connect low-income job seekers to resources that can help them secure employment. The state is receiving nearly $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test an employment-and-training program."
- Memphis Business Journal, March 31, 2015: Health exchanges struggle to sign up middle-income folks
"While health benefit exchanges have succeeded in signing up very low-income individuals, they struggle to attract middle and higher income members, a new study shows. At the close of open enrollment in 2015, the 37 states that use the federal marketplace had enrolled 76 percent of eligible individuals with incomes from $11,700 to $17,655, but participation rates declined dramatically as incomes grow, according to a study by Avalere Health."
Community Action Agencies were established to fight the War on Poverty in 1964. Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, located at 357 Constitution Way in Idaho Falls serves the nine eastern Idaho counties with services to help low-income individuals become independent and self-sufficient. EICAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States that provide services to every county in the nation.