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PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

PHOTO: A large donation of pork sausage this week will help feed Ohioans who struggle to put food on the table. Credit: Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In time for the Easter holiday, a donation will provide more than 88,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1,700 pounds of pork in the form of sausage are being donated to food banks in Ohio this week as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power program. David Shoup is a v ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy U-S Geological Survey.

MORIARTY, N.M. - A small town located along Interstate 40 about 40 miles east of Albuquerque is home to a company that Google just purchased, as it explores the next generation of Internet delivery. Ted Hart, mayor of Moriarty, said he expects Google's acquisition of solar-powered drone maker Titan ...Read More

PHOTO: Director of Illinois Department of Employment Security Jay Rowell says 86 percent of Illinois workers who lost assistance when federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December are still without work. Photo courtesy of IDES.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data shows how the reauthorization of federal unemployment assistance could help 64,000 Illinoisans. When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, according to the analysis from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 74,000 Illinois workers immedia ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report concludes that working families in New Mexico will bear the burden of making up revenue lost to corporate income tax cuts. Photo courtesy New Mexico Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new report from New Mexico Voices for Children warns that taxpayers will shoulder the burden of the state's corporate income tax cuts. Gerry Bradley, senior researcher, Voices for Children, wrote "The Corporate Income Tax: A Declining but Essential Part of New Mexico State Revenue ...Read More

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a ...Read More

Photo: T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 health care working expecting a back pay check of as much as $3,500 from the state thanks to legal action by his union, SEIU 775. Credit: SEIU
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SEATTLE – It will likely take another several weeks to get their first check, but tens of thousands of home care workers are eagerly awaiting their share of $57 million in back pay owed to them by the state. SEIU 775 executive board member T.J. Janssen is one of the 22,000 home care workers ...Read More

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