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Why I'm glad to pay my taxes

April 17, 2015
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...
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Two Years After West Disaster, Are Communities Any Safer?

April 17, 2015
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...
Anya Vanecek's picture

The Hidden Facts of Tax Day

April 15, 2015
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...
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Are You in a Vulnerability Zone?

April 14, 2015
My apartment in central Denver is charming, slightly overpriced, and within walking distance of shops, parks, and... chemical facilities. I wasn't expecting that. I'm also not unique. Over 100 million Americans live around dangerous chemical plants and refineries. We live, work, play, and go to...
Anya Vanecek's picture

Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

April 14, 2015
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...
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Helping Our Kids Choose Health Now, And as Adults

April 9, 2015
Right now, we’re celebrating National Public Health Week , which is focused on how we can become the healthiest nation possible by 2030. Fifteen years from now, my daughter will be beginning her adult life—that feels like a long way off, but it’ll be here before I know it. As a public health...
Ellie Gladstone's picture

Join us on Twitter April 9th for a #StopTheCuts Tweetchat and Tweetstorm

April 8, 2015
On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1pm ET, national organizations will answer critical questions surrounding the budget and share ways to take action with #StopTheCuts.
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Head Smacker: Tax Cuts for Low-Income People are Better for the Economy, but Congressional Budgets Cut Them

April 6, 2015
Tax cuts for lower- and middle-income folks are more effective than tax cuts for the wealthy at spurring economic growth. Why won't Congress take note?
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Heather’s new health coverage gave her the courage to start her own salon

April 5, 2015
I dashed straight from a lap swim into Heather’s salon recently, sporting, what my husband calls, a fright wig. When I first got to know Heather, now 29, she was working at someone else's salon. Her unfailing ability to restore calm to my unruly locks has stood the test of many, many lap swims. In...
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Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

April 3, 2015
Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end...
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