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OCT 20, 2014 - New Statesman

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Why we now need to reset the child poverty targets

Alan Milburn's call to reset the 2020 target to end child poverty is both necessary and regrettable. The government seems stuck in deep denial about the child poverty impacts of its programme. Photo: Getty The independent Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission confirmed today what we’ve known for a while: that we are desperately off-course as a country when it ...

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OCT 20, 2014 - New Statesman

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The Lyons report reveals our politicians' fear to discuss borrowing for investment

In its major housing review, Labour seems to be ruling out borrowing more to pay for increased investment. This could be a mistake. Borrowing is fairer than taxation for building more houses. Photo: Getty Labour last week has published its major housing review, the Lyons report. It has been well-reviewed for the policy measures it proposes that may lead to more ...

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OCT 19, 2014 - Business Insider

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One Of Two Scenarios Will Play Out If Republicans Win The Senate

MOST polls suggest that Republicans will capture a narrow majority in the Senate in November's mid-term elections, while holding on to the House of Representatives. So America faces two more years of divided government, but with a shift in the balance of power. Until now, Barack Obama has always had a Democratic Senate to block proposals passed by the House. ...

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OCT 18, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Brown pursues lasting policy legacy in California

After sidelining opponents and steadying the state's finances, the quirky 76-year-old Democrat is looking to put his stamp on the state's water and transportation infrastructure and playing statesman on global climate change, recently addressing a UN Climate Change conference. Brown's relative success at wresting control of the state's once-massive budget deficit and his skill at distancing himself from political controversies ...

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OCT 17, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Many Schools Are Still Getting Less Funding Than They Were Before The Great Recession

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains depressing news for schools. According to the report, at least 30 states are providing districts with less funding than they were prior to the Great Recession. States started slashing their education budgets as a result of the 2007-09 recession. However, the impact of the cuts has apparently continued ...

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