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Child care workers’ love helps them through industry issues

Sep. 19, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Carla Hart showed up to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center for a job shadow when she was a junior at Broadway High School. Now, 27 years later, she is still showing up to the job she fell in love with nearly three decades ago at...

Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. ...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 15, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...

Harris, Yellen make a personal case for fixing child care

Sep. 15, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a report Wednesday that detailed the high price and low wages for child care, a problem that makes it harder for parents to work and one that the Biden administration aims to fix with its budget proposal. Vice President Kamala Harris...

Pelosi touts need for affordable child care in Massachusetts

Sep. 09, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured a Worcester child care facility Thursday in a visit meant to highlight the importance of affordable child care. The California Democrat was joined by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts, and also met with...

Kimberly Palmer: Do video games level up kids’ money skills?

Aug. 30, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Every few days, my 8-year-old son, Neal, asks if he can “earn something” on Roblox, a popular online video game platform. That’s his way of suggesting I buy him Robux, the platform’s currency, in exchange for him doing a chore or extra academic assignment. While...

Georgia state employees already using paid parental leave

Aug. 29, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 450 Georgia state and public university employees have already used a new law that grants new parents up to three weeks of paid leave. WAGA-TV reports 143 state employees have used 13,440 hours of paid parental leave since...

Bernie Sanders sells big government's virtues in red states

Aug. 27, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has long argued — but not proved — that his big government populism can win over voters in the largely white, rural communities that flocked to Republican Donald Trump in recent elections. Now, as the chief Senate shepherd...

Pay for your kid’s college? 3 times to think twice

Aug. 25, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

The debate over student loan debt often neglects a significant group: parents. About 1 in every 3 dollars the federal government lent for undergraduate education last year were in a parent’s name. In total, federal parent loan debt is over $103 billion across more than...