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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: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...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

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the minimum wage bill on Monday, raising the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation raising the minimum wage in Minnesota has now won full approval at the state Capitol and is headed to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill increases the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defen ...Read More

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear ...Read More

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