The House of Representatives will vote next week on various budget proposals for 2015. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his budget for the House Republican majority on April 1st. Earlier this month, the House Progressive Caucus released its budget, the“Better Off Budget”. The Ryan/Republican Budget is dead on arrival and will move no further in the congressional process this year because of certain Senate opposition. However, these two budgets clearly illustrate differing visions of America’s future. ECM strongly supports the Better Off Budgetand urges the House to vote “Yes” on it next week. Here is a brief comparison of the two budgets:Read more »
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Patricia Cantor and Maureen Salo: NH Kids Count Board Members
Sunday, March 16, 2014
As early childhood educators, we want to encourage one step that will help the young children in New Hampshire to thrive.
According to the 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Report, New Hampshire is regarded as an outstanding state in which to live and raise a family. But despite this overall excellence, New Hampshire ranks 50th among states for the past two years in the use of the school breakfast program.Read more »
March 12, 2014
NH Kids Count Guest Blog: Contributed by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute
New Hampshire is frequently touted as a top place to live, work, and raise a family. In many ways, that’s true, but, for someone earning the minimum wage, it is a real struggle just to get by. If you work full time and are paid the minimum wage, currently $7.25, you earn less than $300 per week. That’s barely enough for the rent, let alone utility bills or groceries.
Raising the minimum wage is one way New Hampshire can start to build an economy that works for everyone.
If New Hampshire’s minimum wage were increased to $9.00 per hour, it would improve economic security for nearly 76,000 workers across the Granite State. The vast majority of those workers – 72 percent – are adults aged 20 or older. Most – 59 percent – are women and most work at least half-time.
Roughly 21,000 children in the state have a mother or father who would experience a pay raise from a higher minimum wage.Read more »
Michael Petit: President Obama's budget strengthens commitment to families
Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:04 am
President Obama released his budget for 2015 this week. In it, he details many important initiatives the administration has for improving the health, education, and safety of America’s children and youth.
The Preschool for All initiative, a partnership with the states, to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging states to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
Access to high-quality infant and toddler care to a total of more than 100,000 children through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, and support of Head Start grantees who are expanding program duration and investing in teacher quality, through additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.
An expansion of evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs, which enable nurses, social workers, and other professionals to connect families to services to support the child’s health, development, ability to learn, and to prevent abuse and neglect.Read more »
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