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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

Lt. Gov: Pause funding cuts for 'most vulnerable' Hoosiers

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024   

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch asked the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Monday to pause budget cuts that could punish Indiana's "most vulnerable" residents. The clawback follows a $1 billion mistake made by state revenue forecasters.

The contentious change poses a direct threat to state money paid to family caregivers, impacting parents who rely on the Legally Responsible Individuals program. It provides a paycheck for parents who give around-the-clock care to their medically complex children.

Amanda Walker, a parent from Crawfordsville, is the primary caregiver for her four-year-old son William.

"This program allows me to take him to Cincinnati multiple times a month when you have more than ten specialists out of state," she said. "This program allows me to know that our family has food stability and we're not going to lose our home."

Walker said the FSSA has not provided an estimate of the number of families who could be affected by cuts. However, an online release indicates the overall package would save $300 million. The window for input closes Feb. 16, adding urgency to parents' plea for reconsideration.

Tendra Duff, a parent from Westfield and program advocate, is the primary caregiver for her twin boys, both of whom have Down syndrome.

"They're going to be with us a little bit longer than normal -- so, we're setting ourselves up for long-term sustainability and not just utilizing that extra paycheck for short-term sustainability," she said.

Duff added parents plan to rally every Monday at the Statehouse while the Legislature is in session, and are using social media to spread awareness with an online petition.


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