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Two Years After West Disaster, Are Communities Any Safer?

Two years ago today (April 17th, 2013), a fertilizer plant explosion devastated West, Texas. Fifteen people died, including 12 volunteer firefighters. The blast demolished an apartment building and nursing home, and damaged three nearby schools. In the two years since, there have been over 350 other preventable chemical accidents. To this day, the EPA has failed to take action to protect our communities from future preventable chemical disasters. President Obama acted immediately, issuing an executive order that called for better safety and security standards for chemical facilities. “The...
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Why I'm glad to pay my taxes

This week found my husband and I scrambling to make sure we had all of our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed as we hurried to make sure we had our taxes filed on time. As he sat watching us from the couch, my almost ten-year old remarked about what a bummer it is to have to pay taxes. His sister stopped doing cartwheels across the living room long enough to agree and opine that she was glad that she didn’t have to pay them out of her allowance. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Anti-tax rhetoric is everywhere in the weeks leading up to tax day. Just that morning on the way to school the...
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Head Smacker: House Gives Millions of Dollars More to Wealthiest 5,000 Families

By repealing the estate tax, the House is giving millions to the wealthy and adding billions to the deficit, instead of helping those who need it most.
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Why I Love Tax Season (and why Congress should keep making it lovable)

This year, thank to the Child and Dependent Care Credit, I saved $400. How far can $400 go? For my family, it equals to one week of mortgage, or two weeks of groceries, or five weeks of gasoline. It may not sound much, but is indeed very helpful. Coincidentally (and unfortunately), I had an accident just a couple of weeks ago. I was hit from behind by an unlicensed driver. My 22-month-old was in the car when the accident happened. Since the other party was not licensed nor insured, I had to pay for the damage with my own insurance. I have a $500 collision deductible and the $400 child care credit kicked in just in time to help me fix my car and replace my baby’s infant car seat.
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Walking Backwards Through the Grocery Store

Yesterday my son and I went for a bike ride to the park and decided to swing by the grocery store on our way home to pick up a few things. When we went to check out I realized that I didn't bring my wallet to the park. We put back our groceries and my son was laughing about how it was his first time to go backwards through the grocery store. He doesn't remember the times when he was little that we did the same thing - not because I forgot my wallet, but because our food stamps had run out or because the electric bill cleared a day early. Walking backwards through the grocery store was part of...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Tips to Establish Healthy Eating Habits at Home

This week's tweetchat is one I am looking forward to! From supermarket shopping to healthy meals ideas, it's sure to be lively. Even better, it will be conducted in English and Spanish. So, please feel free to join in whichever language you feel most comfortable in. Join #FoodFri on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 1pm Easten, as we chat with @SaludToday and the @NicheParent Blogger Network. Read more about our panelists below. We'll share real Mom tips, as well as science backed wisdom, on how to shop for healthy foods, read food labels, get picky eaters to eat, and more! Ask questions and chime...
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Food Choices Alter Children’s Palate, Memory and Learning

Walking through a farmer’s market, I’m captivated by what I see. Mothers (and fathers!) push carriages, and hold toddlers’ hands, as they walk between a kaleidoscope of fruits and vegetables. I watch as the children munch on bananas, watermelon and mangos. “This is how it should be,” I think. Making healthy foods the first choice, the easy choice for children, should be as easy as 1, 2, 3. And, it can be. During children’s formative years, consistency is key. At this time childrens’ palate, as well as food memories and preference, are being established. According to a study published in the...
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The Hidden Facts of Tax Day

Today is Tax Day, and millions of Americans are trying to get their taxes doen before the deadline. As you send in that check to the IRS or eagerly await your tax refund, have you stopped to think about what the federal government is doing with that money? Many Americans don’t, and for good reason: it's pretty difficult to find out how your tax dollars were spent, or to understand how your tax dollars fit into the overall picture of federal revenue that funds the essential programs, infrastructure, and services we rely on. Here are four things you should know: 1. The government spent a...
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Tell Congress: Tax breaks for working families, not corporations!

Today is Tax Day! This is the perfect opportunity to remind Congress to support and strengthen tax breaks for working families, not just wealthy corporations. Write Congress today and tell them to support the EITC and Child Tax Credit.
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Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

This week, the House will vote on a measure to repeal the estate tax, which would shower the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates in the country with an average tax cut of $2.5 million. Meanwhile, the House has already passed a budget proposal that would convert the nation’s bedrock nutrition assistance program—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—into block grants to the states. If implemented, this conversion would result in $125 billion in cuts to struggling families between 2021 and 2025. This draconian proposal would kick up to 12 million people off of food assistance or...
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