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PHOTO: A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, "The Big Squeeze," finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Higher education costs are going up - and state funding is going down. A new report from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, called The Big Squeeze, finds that Idaho has reduced public college and university funding by a larger amount than all but five states, since 2008. Mean ...Read More

CHART: After a sharp increase during the recession, the federal deficit has dropped dramatically. Perhaps more importantly, the growth of health-care costs has slowed to nearly historic lows, improving the federal budget outlook. Graph by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

RICHMOND, Va. – Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as "Obamacare," will cut the fe ...Read More

PHOTO: While online enrollment for health care plans is convenient, studies indicate that people navigating the insurance world for the first time tend to do better and make better decisions with in-person assistance. Image courtesy of HealthCare.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will get underway soon, and more help is on the way to connect Michiganders with the information they need to make crucial health decisions. Anne Filipic is the president of Enroll Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 56 percent of Washington college graduates emerge from school with an average student loan debt of $24,000. At a conference this weekend in Tacoma, higher-ed stakeholders will discuss ways to increase state support for colleges and universities. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

TACOMA, Wash. - Public colleges and universities in Washington have frozen tuition for two years, but according to the premise of the upcoming Higher Education Funding Strategies and Solutions conference, the Legislature could be doing much more to improve the quality and cost of higher education in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutrition is one focus of the 21st Century Afterschool programs in Yakima. A new report says 17 percent of Washington kids are enrolled in after-school programs; parents say 36 percent would be if they had access to one. Photo courtesy NW Community Action Center.
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SEATTLE - One in five children in Washington ends the school day with no adult supervision in the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., according to a state-by-state report on after-school programs that are intended to keep kids learning and safe. In Washington, the report said, 17 percent of children are en ...Read More

PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo ...Read More

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