Struggling venue operators can finally seize the federal government’s lifeline

Apr 28, 2021
Applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant reopened on Monday after a failed launch earlier this month.
Comedian Janee Harvey performs at xBk in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 23. Proprietor Tobi Parks is one of many small business owners applying for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
Photo by Maggie Littel, courtesy of xBk

Why U.S. chipmakers want government help

Feb 16, 2021
The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association has asked President Biden for robust funding for manufacturing and research.
Roughly only 12% of semiconductor chips are made in the U.S., says C.J. Muse, research analyst with investment banking advisory firm Evercore ISI.
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Georgia has looked at what it takes to train some food stamp recipients to meet work requirements

Jul 30, 2018
The House version of the proposed federal farm bill would require parents with children over 6 years old to fulfill a 20-hour work or training requirement to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. That means nationwide 3 million more people would suddenly need job training. The conundrum, said […]

New York's public housing faces a big maintenance and repair bill

Jul 27, 2018
For tenants, the problems include mold, lead paint and broken boilers that force residents to use their ovens to keep warm during the winter.
Angel King and Calvin Drumgo, third vice president and president of the Tenants' Association at the Breukelen Houses public housing complex in Canarsie, Brooklyn..
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A proposed question on citizenship status on the 2020 census could depress Latino turnout

May 14, 2018
The 2020 census count is two years away but local officials are already planning how to get everyone counted. Census data is used for determining congressional seats and for distributing billions of dollars in federal funds annually. For many reasons, urban communities and communities of color can be harder to count. And for Latinos, a new […]

The census adds a citizenship question for the first time since 1950

Mar 27, 2018
Every 10 years, the government takes an accounting of us. Ideally, every one of us. And that population count — the U.S. Census — determines a lot of things, like how many seats your state has in the House of Representatives, and how much federal money is doled out to local communities for important services […]

States warning families they may lose CHIP medical coverage

Dec 1, 2017
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program ran out at the end of September, meaning millions of kids and pregnant women won’t have coverage in the new year. There are bills in Congress that would fund the program, but nobody can agree where to get to money to do it. The $15 billion program funnels […]

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Trump's threatened cuts makes city budgeting a risky business

Mar 6, 2017
Cities like New York and San Francisco are facing uncertainty about how to budget for the future. President Donald Trump has said he plans to make drastic budget cuts, and he’s also threatened to withhold federal money from “sanctuary cities.” Are cities running through scenarios where they might not have federal funding? Click the audio […]

After UC Berkeley protests, Trump questions pulling federal funds

Feb 2, 2017
On Wednesday night, protests erupted at the University of California, Berkeley, hours before controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. University officials said protests were peaceful until a group of people started lighting fires and smashing windows. The university canceled the speech, citing safety concerns. Then, early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump weighed […]

Map: Sanctuary cities and how much they spend in federal funds

Dec 22, 2016
The president-elect said he would cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities. So how much money could these cities lose?
Boston-area school students stage a protest against President-elect Donald Trump earlier this month.
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