August 2011 report by Michael Goodman and Robert Nakosteen for the Journal of the Massachusetts Economy, discussing how the state's overall economic recovery masks widening inequality in education innovation and incomes, as well as growing regional imbalances. www.massbenchmarks.org/publications/bulletin/09_bulletin_071411/
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This cut represents about a 3.8 percent reduction in LSC's full year budget. However, cost savings would need to be achieved by September 30, 2011, so the impact would be more severe. See more information at the Blog of Legal Times, http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2011/04/budget-deal-cuts-15m-from-legal-services.html or the LSC website, htt
On March 14, 2011, the National Law Journal published "The Power of Hope," which it describes as "in-depth report examining the impact of legal aid programs on clients and the politics surrounding funding."
On November 19, 2010, Vice President Biden spoke about recent federal Access to Justice initiatives at a Middle Class Task Force event that was co-sponsored by the Department of Justice's Access to Justice Initiative. The initiatives include a partnership between the Department of Labor and the American Bar Association to resolve wage and hour claims, efforts to assist veterans with legal issues, and new steps to strengthen foreclosure mediation programs. View a written summary, as well as the webcast of his remarks,
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute has issued a policy paper concerning family homelessness policies which identifies concerns related to the state’s heavy reliance on short-term housing assistance, particularly given the lack of processes to ensure that children and their families are not left to fall through the cracks when the subsidy goes away. Read the paper here.
DTA is implementating a food stamp/SNAP policy change to allow many more community college students to qualify for benefits. College students can qualify for food stamp/ SNAP benefits if they meet certain criteria, including if they are enrolled in a “state and local government employment and training program.” Under the new DTA policy, community college students who are enrolled in any certificate or degree program that is considered a “Perkins eligible” career and technical education program (or that the college otherwise determines will lead to employment) will now qualify for SNAP.