Tag: Welfare (US)

Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food Stamps

WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture, brushing aside tens of thousands of protest letters, gave final approval on Wednesday to a new rule that would remove nearly 755,000 people from the federal food-stamp program. The rule, which was proposed in February, makes it more difficult for states to allow able-bodied adults without children to receive […]

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An Argument That Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Wasn’t So Great

Amity Shlaes made her name as a conservative historian by narrating the Great Depression as a tragedy of the best intentions: The Roosevelt administration tried to lift Americans from misery, but succeeded only in making things worse. In her latest book, “Great Society: A New History,” Shlaes shifts her focus forward by about a quarter-century, […]

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How Europeans See America

Video We asked young, ordinary Europeans to take a look at U.S. policies on everything from food to guns. As they discover facts about America, they’re not impressed.CreditCredit…The New York Times Sometimes it’s useful to get an outside perspective. In the Video Op-Ed above, Europeans are shocked to learn that the American government does not […]

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Economic Incentives Don’t Always Do What We Want Them To

At least since Adam Smith and his famous B’s (“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”), a fundamental premise of economics has been that financial incentives are the primary driver of human behavior. Over the […]

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How Florida Republicans Are Talking About Impeachment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few weeks ago, I sat on a park bench, watching my 11-year-old twins pass a soccer ball and push their friends on a tire swing. I turned to the mother of my daughters’ classmate to talk about the second whistle-blower coming forward about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. “Oh, I don’t […]

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Judge Blocks Trump Policy That Favors Wealthy Immigrants

A federal judge in New York issued a nationwide injunction on Friday blocking implementation of a new federal policy that would deny legal residency to immigrants who are likely to depend on public welfare. Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York said those potentially affected […]

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Trump Administration Unveils More Cuts to Food Stamp Program

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department moved again this week to cut spending on food stamps, this time proposing changes that would slice $4.5 billion from the program over five years, trimming monthly benefits by as much as $75 for one in five struggling families on nutrition assistance. The latest plan would cut benefits for 19 […]

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Should the Government Give Everyone $1,000 a Month?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; Photographs by Andrew Spear, Mike Belleme and Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. If Andrew Yang has anything to say about the Democratic presidential debate tonight, there’s a good chance it […]

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A Heartbreaking Choice for Moms: Food or a Family’s Future

Between 2012 and 2017, as part of a study of how low-income mothers feed their children, we talked with women who had moved from Mexico and Central America to the United States. They came here because they wanted to be able to offer their children more than they’d had growing up, including a full belly […]

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Trump Immigration Plan Offers a Ticket to the American Dream. The Poor Need Not Apply.

The Trump administration has said the immigration overhaul it announced this week will ensure that new legal residents carry their own weight, without prejudice or favor. Yet the new rule for weeding out those who might be a drain on taxpayers will almost certainly disadvantage poor people from Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia. […]

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California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, […]

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500,000 Children Could Lose Free School Meals Under Trump Administration Proposal

WASHINGTON — More than 500,000 children would lose automatic eligibility for free school meals under a rule proposed last week by the Agriculture Department intended to tighten access to food stamps. The impact on school meals, revealed by Representative Robert C. Scott, Democrat of Virginia and the chairman of the House Committee on Education and […]

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Trump Administration Tries Again to Cut Back on Food Stamps

WASHINGTON — More than three million people would lose their food stamps under a new rule proposed Tuesday by the Agriculture Department to change the program’s eligibility requirements. Agriculture officials say they are fixing a loophole that currently allows some states to give food stamps to people who have a certain amount of savings and […]

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