States Push Food Stamps for the Needy
As the economy sputters, states are taking extraordinary measures to help people keep food on the table, and a federal program is their primary tool.
Govs Press For More Money on Real ID, Medicaid
Meeting in Washington, the states’ chief executives made clear their unhappiness with federal standards for driver’s licenses and costly new Medicaid rules.
Bush Budget Gives States Little to Cheer About
President Bush’s $3 trillion fiscal 2009 budget comes at a time when many states face a budget shortfall; new restrictions on health insurance for children, Medicaid and other programs may add to their burdens.
Florida is Test Bed for Medicaid Overhaul
Halfway through a two-year test run, Florida’s nationally acclaimed pilot program to introduce competition to its Medicaid program has met mixed success.
Surge in Support for Social Safety Net
Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.
Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007
Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.
How Many Kids Will Congress Cover?
The federally assisted State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) has substantially reduced the number of American children without health coverage; advocates in Congress and governors of both parties, see the program as the foundation for universal health coverage. But the Bush administration is calling for cutbacks.
Diminishing Divide on Cultural Issues?
Even as divisive policy debates continue, public acceptance of homosexual marriage, adoption and military has increased.