Economy


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Advocates Praise Expanded Child Tax Credit for Helping Arizona Families Make Ends Meet

More than $352 million in expanded Child Tax Credit payments were given to Arizona families last month, averaging $444 per household.

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How Rep. Haley Stevens is Fostering Entrepreneurship in Michigan Women

The daughter of a woman entrepreneur, Rep. Haley Stevens has a passion for helping women-owned businesses.

The children of Emily Shields, Eau Claire, are among tens of millions who benefit from a federal child tax credit that has been expanded and converted into monthly payments through the American Rescue Plan proposed by President Joe Biden and passed with only Democratic votes in Congress. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
GOP States Are Getting a Big Chunk of Biden’s Popular Child Tax Credit—Wisconsin Also Above Average

The highest monthly benefits are going to nearly a dozen states that voted for Trump. Wisconsin ranks 14th.

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Poverty Rate Climbed in 2020, but Pandemic Assistance Blunted Losses

The Census Bureau estimates that COVID-19 relief payments may have boosted almost 12 million Americans out of poverty.

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How Local Vaccine Rates Shape Michigan’s Economic Future

Until the people are well, the economy won’t be either. Here’s the advice of one expert from Alma College. 

Virginia Is Massively Expanding Broadband Access

The Biden administration's pandemic stimulus funding and direction from the Democratic General Assembly has increased funding for high-speed internet exponentially.

A view of a damaged trailer in Haywood County, NC, after historic flooding. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in Haywood County after the heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Fred devastated the area, putting businesses under 6 feet of water and mud and killing several.l 
Climate scientists warn that climate change will produce more frequent and violent storms in the years to come. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Climate Change Is Not a Warning for North Carolina – It’s Already Here.

A rural North Carolina advocate on the need for big climate change and infrastructure plans to offset the impacts on farms and families.