The country is still reeling from the effects of the downturn. Though
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has undoubtedly benefited the economy, there are still 15
million Americans out of work.
Suman Raghunathan, PSN's Immigration Policy Specialist, joined State
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Laura
of GRITtv to discuss how progressive state legislators across the
nation are fighting back against draconian right-wing anti-immigrant
and advancing common-sense immigration solutions on both the state and
NEW YORK - For at least 30 cash-strapped states counting on federal
stimulus money, the news was a stunning blow: A deficit-weary Congress
had rejected billions in additional aid, forcing lawmakers into a mad
scramble to balance their budgets.
Now, with a new fiscal year just days away in most states, many
governors are proposing to make up for the shortfall with tax increases,
cuts in essential services and potential layoffs of thousands of public
The federal health reform law is only the starting point for achieving
health care access for all Americans. Many states are already moving
forward, not only on implementing the basic provisions of the Affordable
Care Act in their states, but are also planning how to build on its
framework to further expand coverage and rein in costs for their
residents. The following are a few models of implementation and
comprehensive reform underway.
State governments may seek
additional funding for up to three additional years on broadband
projects. The announcement comes from the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA) who recognized
that "better data and strategic planning are needed on the state level.
One of the immediate benefits of the Affordable Care Act is the Early
Retiree Reinsurance Program. Beginning June 1, 2010, this new reinsurance
reimbursement program is available to group health plan sponsors
who provide medical coverage to early retirees and their spouses,
surviving spouses and dependents.