Category Archives: Trends

U.S. Civil Rights Commission Launches Investigation Into DoEd Other Agencies

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the president, has launched a two-year investigation into civil rights practices at several federal agencies under the Trump administration, including the Education Dept. (DoEd)..

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GOP Kansas Lawmakers Roll Back Tax Cuts, Override Brown’s Veto

The Republican-dominated Kansas state legislature rolled back the deep tax cuts it approved seven years ago, overriding Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) veto and repudiating the conservative tax-cutting philosophy it represented.

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CBO: ACA Replacement Would Force Enrollees to Pay More, Get Less

A new analysis of the GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finds that enrollees would pay much higher premiums for skimpier coverage the covers fewer services, increasing individual deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs.

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USDA Rolls Back School Lunch Room Nutrition Standards

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue rolls back new health food school cafeteria regulations, which means that schools won’t have to cut more salt from meals just yet and some will be able to serve kids fewer whole grains.

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Report: Tax Reform Must Not Be Balanced on Backs of Families, Children

President Trump and Republicans in Congress are considering tax reforms which could cut corporate tax rates and provide substantial relief for the wealthy while shifting the nation’s tax burden onto the poor, working families and children, a new report says. … Continue reading

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Funding Trend: Initiative Combines Women’s Philanthropy, Donor Networks

In the ever changing philanthropic landscape, an exciting new trend is combining the growing number of women philanthropists with the increasing power of donor networks to substantially change the giving game. Women Moving Millions exemplifies these trends: the power of … Continue reading

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US Private Philanthropy Giving Hits Record, $373B

Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion last year, setting a record for the second year in a row, according to Giving USA. That new peak in contributions is record-setting whether measured in current … Continue reading

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Half of the States Face Revenue Shortfalls in FY 2017

This year, 25 states are facing or have addressed revenue shortfalls and more states expect mid-year revenue shortfalls than in any year since 2010, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. The mid-year revenue shortfalls and resulting budget … Continue reading

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Kansas’ Big Income Tax Cuts Failed, Governor Blocks Reversal

Bipartisan coalitions in both legislative houses in Kansas voted to reverse enormous tax cuts that Gov. Sam Brownback (R) touted as a model for other states and the nation, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy … Continue reading

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Children’s Hospital Hit With Fines Over Lack of Cyber Security

The Health and Human Services Dept. has fined the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million for its lack of cybersecurity that exposed the private data of thousands of its pediatric patients, the department said. The HHS Office for Civil … Continue reading

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