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Archive: March 18, 2013

PHOTO: CFT president Joshua Pechthalt greets the delegates to open the 71st annual California Federation of Teachers convention on Friday, March 15.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Teachers across the state are receiving layoff notices despite the passage last fall of Proposition 30, which raised taxes to help fund education. Third-grade teacher Megan Kashing said her layoff notice came as a surprise, especially since her school district's budget has a 3 ...Read More

PHOTO: Many lower-income families may find themselves unable to afford health care if they no longer qualify for the HUSKY Health insurance plan.

JEWETT CITY, Conn. - Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed budget includes saving money by cutting 30,000 to 40,000 parents off the state's HUSKY Health program, parents who are currently at the upper end of income eligibility. According to Malloy, they could be covered starting next January by subsidiz ...Read More

PHOTO:  Tax refund theft is up 60 percent over last year and is the fasted growing form of identity theft.

CONCORD, N.H. - Local consumer advocates warn that identity thieves are working overtime this year, trying to get people to reveal personal information by email and phone so they can steal tax refunds. Harold Moldoff, a volunteer "Fraud Fighter" with AARP New Hampshire, said identity thieves have al ...Read More

Projected Medicaid spending over 2011-2020 has fallen by more than $200 billion since August 2010. Chart by the Center on Budget Policy Priorities, based on CBO figures.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia considers extending health care to the working poor by expanding Medicaid, one worry has been widening a program that some have said has an unsustainable budget. However, recent figures show that the threat is subsiding. The Congressional Budget Office has sharpl ...Read More

PHOTO: Education Law Center recently released a study showing Pennsylvania lacking accuracy, fairness and transparency in public school funding.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is well below the national average when it comes to state funding of schools, with local taxation having to pick up the slack. That's been a persistent sore point for education advocates who would like to see funding, and funding distribution, that was more equitable ...Read More

PHOTO: A movement is underway to turn Ohio into a so-called “Right-to-Work” state.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan recently became the 24th state to enact a so-called "Right-to-Work" law; will Ohio be next? Activists are working to gather signatures to put the Workplace Freedom Amendment on the ballot. The measure would make it illegal to force a worker to join a union. That duplicate ...Read More

PHOTO: The Boise Foothills are made up of federal lands. The Idaho Legislature is considering a resolution to demand that federal public lands be turned over to the state. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers are holding a hearing this morning on a resolution demanding that the federal government hand over to the state the public lands within its border. Their premise is that the Gem State could do a better job managing those lands, and they contend that the federal governm ...Read More

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