Senate ‘HEALS Act’ includes important fix to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

While most will focus on its proposed changes to the $600 per week federal bonus for the unemployed, the HEALS Act — unveiled by Senate Republicans Monday — also includes an important technical change designed ....

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Biden’s childcare plan will unnecessarily expand the government’s role in caregiving

This week, Joe Biden released his plan to address caregiving in the United States. Headlined “The Biden Plan for Mobilizing American Talent and Heart to Create a 21st Century Caregiving and Education Workforce,” it covers ....

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Even without the $600 bonus, many will continue getting bigger unemployment benefits than paychecks

Congress is currently discussing the fate of the $600-per-week federal unemployment bonuses set to expire this week. A key Republican objection has been the bonuses’ resulting in many unemployed workers collecting more in benefits than ....

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Prison education can help rebuild the economy

In the months since COVID-19 struck the United States, mountains of devastating research and reporting have shown how this virus deepens long-standing inequalities. Unsurprisingly, current and formerly incarcerated men and women have been among the ....

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Are there really 5 million more people on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance than have applied to get on?

Various reviewers (including me) have noted the rapid growth of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. That’s the temporary federally funded unemployment benefit program created in the March 2020 CARES Act that is designed to ....

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