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Safety Net Investments in Children
We find that virtually all gains in spending on the social safety net - including Medicaid, EITC, CTC, SNAP, and AFDC/TANF - for children since 1990 have gone to families with earnings, and to families with income above the poverty line. This is the result of welfare reform and the expansion of in work tax credits. This evidence suggests that the changes to the social safety net may have lasting negative impacts on the poorest children.
Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt ‘in America’ as officer stands by watching
Mia Irizarry purchased a permit to rent a picnic area in Caldwell Woods, a sprawling forested area on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side. She arrived wearing a shirt that displayed the Puerto Rican flag. that triggered a man to repeatedly harass her, getting up close and snarling, “You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.” (Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its residents are U.S. citizens.)All the while, officer Patrick Connor stood watching, ignoring Irizarry as she pleaded with him to intervene. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police eventually charged the man with assault and disorderly conduct, after the officer “literally was just standing there watching the whole thing happen like nothing.”
Legal Ade: Save America’s Lemonade Stands
Kids across the country are getting busted for operating lemonade stands without a permit. May 29, 2018 – Denver police shut down a lemonade stand that two young children were running to raise money to help a 5-year-old Indonesian child. June 8, 2015 – The Chief of Police in little Overton, Texas, informed 7- and 8-year-old sisters that their lemonade stand violated the town’s ordinances unless they obtained a $150 “peddler’s permit.”