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What's a 'tax expenditure'? We decode a controversial budget term

Apr 26, 2013
Tax breaks like the home mortgage deduction confer financial benefits, and some argue they're part of the government safety net.
Posted In: Taxes, deductions, safety net

What does 'welfare' mean to you?

Apr 24, 2013
'Welfare' used to simply mean 'well-being'. These days it often has negative connotations and multiple meanings.
Posted In: safety net, welfare, budget debate

What we mean by 'entitlement'? Well, that depends...

Apr 22, 2013
'Entitlement' has almost contradictory meanings in casual conversation - and also, depending on your views, in political discourse about the social safety net
Posted In: entitlements, safety net, federal budget

Citizenship can make a difference in your paycheck

Apr 17, 2013
A new study links citizenship for undocumented workers to better pay and working conditions. But other experts say newly legalized low-wage workers still run the risk of poor treatment on the job.
Posted In: Immigration, citizenship, low-wage workers

Sequester could push some renters out of Section 8 housing

Apr 16, 2013
Sequestration has left housing authorities with a stark choice: Raise rents, or eliminate some Section 8 vouchers altogether.
Posted In: section 8 housing, sequester, public housing

One student's path from Oyler to college

Apr 15, 2013
The high school senior will be the first in her family to graduate high school, but she's got her eyes on an even bigger prize.
Posted In: Oyler School

Farmers, unions balance economic interests for immigration deal

Apr 15, 2013
Farmers hope the proposal to expand farm worker visas will stabilize their labor supply. Unions focus on making sure the deal protects workers and their wages.
Posted In: Immigration, farm workers, union

Home makeovers: What to rennovate before putting your house on the market

Apr 12, 2013
Now that the housing market is picking up, making improvements on your home is worth it if you want to put it on the market. Which ones pay off in a quicker sale?
Posted In: Housing, housing prices

Deciding to buy while just getting by: Low-income families and the housing market

Apr 12, 2013
Would-be homeowners balance the risks of buying with benefits like building their assets and bettering their children's chances.
Posted In: affordable housing, Housing

Young, with a juvenile record, and looking for work

Apr 11, 2013
More cities and states consider laws that would "ban the box" that job applicants check if they've been convicted of a crime.
Posted In: Jobs, ban the box

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