Milwaukee introduces the new “Camp Rise”The summer youth programme, a free summer enrichment programme suggested by Voices of the Elders, began on June 21.
Milwaukee boys aged 10-15 are given the necessary tools by the programme to become leaders in their community.
Children will receive mentoring from the camp staff, acquire life skills like leadership and teamwork, and explore their hobbies and potential jobs.
Religious leaders advocate for an ongoing CTC increase.
According to WSAZ, religious leaders from all around West Virginia convened on May 24 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston to lobby Catholic senators like Democrat Joe Manchin to reinstate the enhanced child tax credit.
Meg Olson, Director of Grassroots Mobilization at Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, asserts that the expanded child tax credit is in line with Catholic doctrine.
The most marginalised people are at the centre, according to the preferential option for the poor, which is a concept from Catholic social teaching and tradition.
Putting the underprivileged at the heart of our economy and putting people before profit is the main themes of the bishops’ Economic Justice for All pastoral from 1986.
Childcare funding in North Dakota
In a SmartAsset study, North Dakota was found to have some of the best childcare options.
As part of the Congressional Covid-19 response and recovery packages, the federal government provided over $100 million to North Dakota.
These funds are devoted specifically to the early childhood and child care industries.
The qualifying percentage for its Child Care Assistance Program was also raised in February from 60% to 85% of the state median income.
A North Dakota family of three can now qualify if their household income is $6,193 per month, up from the previous threshold of $4,372.
Senators demand that Biden take action
In January, five senators—Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Raphael Warnock of Georgia, and Ron Wyden of Oregon—wrote a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden pleading with them to expedite the extension of the credit, according to CNN.
The senators wrote that the expanded CTC “has been an enormous success and is a signature domestic policy achievement of this administration.”
In particular, as families prepare for a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the consequences of failing to extend the CTC expansion are dire.
“After historic progress, it is unacceptable to go back to the status quo, where children are the poorest citizens of America and child poverty costs our country more than $1 trillion per year,” they continued.
Child care workers in Kansas will receive bonuses
To expand the state’s early childhood education options, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced bonuses for childcare workers.
Workers at a facility with a licence will be eligible for the $53 million one-time bonuses.
Depending on how many hours they put in, the Governor stated that nearly 23,000 employees will receive between $750 and $2,500.
the sales tax holiday for back-to-school in NJ
The back-to-school sales tax holiday was approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, according to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
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The back-to-school sales tax holiday, which runs from August 27 to September 5, expands on the $2 billion ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program.
What is exempt from the tax holiday?
Pencils, notebooks, binders, and other school supplies
Supplies for making art in school, including clay, paint brushes, and glazes
Materials used in education, including books, maps, globes, textbooks, workbooks, and computers
Supplies for school computers, including printers, storage devices, and personal digital assistants