State Budget and Programs for Children – Missouri

Missouri may slash children’s services, By Nancy Cambria, April 16, 2012, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Heroin addiction among parents and a poor economy are pushing more children into Missouri’s foster care system at a time when lawmakers want to cut nearly $13.6 million from the state foster care budget and eliminate dozens of child protection jobs. And those aren’t the only cuts proposed for children in the Missouri Legislature’s scramble to plug budget holes for next year. A legislative committee last week proposed cutting $16 million in child-care subsidies for low-income families and an additional $13 million to encourage private day care and preschool expansion…”

Homelessness Among Veterans

  • A push to help U.S. veterans fight homelessness, By Pam Fessler, April 16, 2012, National Public Radio: “Last year, the number of homeless U.S. veterans on a given night dropped 12 percent from the year before. But tens of thousands were still on the streets, and more could be joining them as troops return from Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama has vowed to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015…”
  • More of Asheville’s homeless vets find permanent housing, By Elizabeth Bewley, April 15, 2012, Asheville Citizen-Times: “Sherwood Little, a 56-year-old Navy veteran who used to live on the streets, now rents an apartment in Asheville and receives counseling and medical care – all with the federal government’s help. The Vietnam-era veteran gets monthly vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help pay his rent. Since moving into an apartment in 2010, he has received treatment for depression and hypertension and has worked with Veterans Affairs Department caseworkers to get signed up for federal disability benefits…”

State Medicaid Cuts – Illinois

Illinois Medicaid group strains for $2.7 billion in cuts, By Carla K. Johnson (AP), April 15, 2012, Rockford Register Star: “As state leaders push for a prompt agreement on where to cut a breathtaking $2.7 billion from Illinois’ Medicaid program, the two Republicans and two Democrats designated to come up with a deal are confronting fundamental differences, including over a proposal to resurrect a cigarette tax increase as a way to soften the blow. While a final list of cuts hasn’t been determined, coming into focus are possible points of agreement on reductions in spending for the health insurance program for nearly 3 million poor and disabled Illinois residents, according to interviews with committee members and committee background materials obtained by The Associated Press…”