Latest Social services News

Billionaire tax runs into criticism; big Biden plan in flux

Oct. 26, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden's social services and climate change plan has quickly run into criticism as too cumbersome, with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on...

Billionaire tax hits critics as Biden pushes for budget deal

Oct. 25, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden's social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on...

Poor People's Campaign rallies at West Virginia Capitol

Oct. 25, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held a rally at the West Virginia Capitol on Sunday to pressure U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support President Joe Biden's package of social services and climate change strategies, according to a news...

Deal on Biden's $2T plan edges closer; Harris is 'confident'

Oct. 23, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

South Carolina increasing payments to child care providers

Oct. 23, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's social services agency says it is now paying more money to providers in the program that subsidizes child care for low-income families. The state's Department of Social Services announced Wednesday that the agency has set up a new...

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Oct. 21, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming the social services and climate change programs and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a scaled-back...

CDC sending team to Guam to study COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team to Guam to investigate why so many COVID-19 patients arrive at the island's hospitals dead. Last month, the U.S. territory's Department of Public Health and Social Services...

Los Angeles City Council suspends indicted councilman

Oct. 20, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay. Ridley-Thomas, 66, entered pleas to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for...

Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

Oct. 20, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires' tax on...

Democrats warn against family leave cuts from spending bill

Oct. 20, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

More than a dozen Senate Democrats are imploring President Joe Biden and congressional leaders to keep a national paid family leave program in his sweeping social services and climate change package. In a letter Wednesday to Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and...