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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
February 12, 2006

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter, a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1589 subscribers.
Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.


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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. The Current State of Canadian Family Finances - 2005 Report (Vanier Institute of the Family) - February 11
2. Poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in Québec : Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec (Institut de la statistique du Québec, le Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale) - Le 7 février/ Feb. 7
3. Womyn's Voices (interactive web resources) site launch (Womenspace) - February
4. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
5. Improvements to the Ontario Disability Support Program (Ministry of Community and Social Services) - February 8
6. Tackling Poverty in Hamilton: Roundtable for Poverty Reduction --- Update
7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
--- Labour Force Survey, January 2006
- February 10
--- Health Reports: How healthy are Canadians? Annual report 2005
- February 9
--- Canada's retirement income programs - February 7
--- Legal aid, 2004/05 - February 7

8. Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers (Canadian Policy Research Networks) - January 2006
9. Toque Tuesday Campaign against Homelessness in Canada (Raising the Roof) - February 7
10. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet - February 6
11. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - February 10

International Content

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest : U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- February 9
13. Budget of the United States Government - Fiscal Year 2007 (U.S. Government Printing Office) - February 6

14. Special report on Medicaid 2006 (Pew Center on the States) - January 2006
15. The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) re-launches its website - February 2006

Have a great  week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com


1. The Current State of Canadian Family Finances - 2005 Report - February 11
(Vanier Institute of the Family)

Can You Spare a Dime?
Real Hourly Earnings Rise By Only A Dime Over More Than A Decade

News Release
February 11, 2006
"Ottawa— More and more second-earners are entering the job market because they “have to” rather than because they “want to”? More families really need that extra cash just to stay afloat. The influx of these family members into the paid workforce has produced a record-number of dual-income families. According to the latest Current State of Canadian Family Finances, families are now “cash-strapped”. If you take out inflation, the typical worker now earns only 10 cents more per hour than they did in 1991. In addition, the time worked per week declined by about an hour and a half over the period."

Complete report:

The Current State of Canadian Family Finances - 2005 Report
February 2006
HTML version
PDF version
(303K, 28 pages)
"... Poverty almost non-existent among married seniors --- but more poverty among adults 18-64 than in 1990..."

Source:
Vanier Institute of the Family

- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnngo.htm

2. Poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in Québec: Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec - Le 7 février/ Feb. 7
(Institut de la statistique du Québec et le Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale)

Poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in Québec:
Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec

NOTE: the press release for the Recueil is in both French and English, but the report itself is available only in French and in PDF format.
Use Google Language Tools to translate words, paragraphs and entire URLs.

Press Release
February 7, 2006
A new research tool :
The Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and the Institut de la statistique du Québec
unveil the Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec
Québec, February 7, 2006 – The ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and the Institut de la statistique du Québec unveiled today the Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec. This collection contains the figures for poverty and socioeconomic inequalities and presents the evolution of the situation of persons and families living in poverty. The collection provides data on over twenty indicators calculated using different conceptual and methodological approaches. The large number of indicators available reflects both the multidimensional nature of poverty and social exclusion and the variety of approaches and calculation methods developed to evaluate these phenomena.
Some of these indicators give an idea of the low-income rates in Québec. The low income measure (LIM), which presents the evolution of the proportion of low-income families between 1986 and 2002, the most recent years of statistics available, and the regional data for 2003. Others make it possible to compare Québec to the rest of Canada, the portrait varying depending on the measure used. This collection is an excellent complement to Inventaire des indicateurs de pauvreté et d'exclusion sociale, which was published in November 2005 and gives a general overview of the myriad ways of defining and measuring poverty and social exclusion, while presenting the advantages and disadvantages of each indicator inventoried. It targets all persons, practitioners and organizations interested in the issues of poverty and social exclusion.

Related links:

Institut de la statistique du Québec (English Home Page)
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (English Home Page)

Complete report / Recueil complet:

Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec (fichier PDF - 461Ko, 165 pages)
Janvier 2006
- publié conjointement par l'Institut de la statistique du Québec et le Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
« Ce recueil statistique contient plus de 20 indicateurs calculés selon différentes approches :
1) indicateurs de pauvreté qui portent sur l'incidence du phénomène, sur la gravité, sur les transferts gouvernementaux (rapport de dépendance, prestataires d'assistance sociale et durée au Programme d'assistance-emploi);
2) indicateurs de répartition des revenus;
3) indicateurs composites (Indice de défavorisation matérielle et sociale de Pampalon et Raymond, Indice multidimentionnel de pauvreté-richesse de Langlois et Gardes).
Les indicateurs mettent en évidence le rôle joué par les transferts gouvernementaux qui réduisent la pauvreté. La considération de longues séries permet aussi d'illustrer l'effet important de la conjoncture économique. Diverses comparaisons entre les régions administratives du Québec, ainsi qu'avec l'ensemble du Canada et les provinces, sont aussi présentées.»

Communiqué de presse
Le 7 février 2006
Un outil de recherche inédit :
Le ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale et l’Institut de la statistique du Québec
dévoilent le Recueil statistique sur la pauvreté et les inégalités socioéconomiques au Québec

Commandez une copie papier du Recueil (19,95 $ plus taxes)

Liens connexes:

Institut de la statistique du Québec
Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

3. Womyn's Voices (interactive web resources) site launch - February
(Womenspace)

Womyn’s Voices - site launch [ (website no longer accessible - March 2009) ]
...portal to an interactive set of web-based resources, offering cutting edge feminist analysis and information on women’s equality and ICT issues.
Funded through Status of Women Canada, this 18 month project will strengthen women’s involvement in policy development and public education on equality issues affected by the use of ICTs, and continues to work towards enshrining women’s equality perspectives in strategies developed for new and emerging ICT issues, policies, and programs.
Source:
Womenspace (website no longer accessible - March 2009)
"Womenspace is a Canadian non-profit organization which promotes women’s participation in information and communication technology. Our activities include the development of online resources and learning, research, education and initiatives which support the use of Internet for women’s equality."

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

4. Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
"CRIAW is a research institute which provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women."
- incl. links to : Home - About Us - Contact Us - Fact sheets - Publications - Research and Activities - International Activities - Members - Links, Activities, Actions, Campaigns
"Currently, CRIAW is looking to link the research conducted by various groups at the community level and scholarly research in a single online forum to promote awareness of initiatives addressing issues that deal with women’s poverty and exclusion."

- Go to the the Canadian Non-Governmental Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/womencanngo.htm

5. Improvements to the Ontario Disability Support Program - February 8
(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

McGuinty Government Helping People With Disabilities Find Jobs And Increase Their Income
News Release
February 8, 2006
TORONTO – The McGuinty government is helping people with disabilities gain greater financial independence and increase their standard of living by improving the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today

Related Links:

- McGuinty Government Helping People With Disabilities Find Jobs And Increase Their Income
- Better Employment Services and Supports… How They Can Help You

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

6. Tackling Poverty in Hamilton: Roundtable for Poverty Reduction --- Update

Tackling Poverty in Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario, is a vibrant community with a proud history of achievement. It’s a city located in an outstanding natural environment, and one that is rich in arts and culture. Hamilton has business, health and educational organizations that are famous world-over. But poverty is Hamilton’s biggest challenge, with 20 per cent of its citizens living at or below the poverty line. As a community, Hamilton is saying this is unacceptable. In spring 2005, a multi-sector Roundtable for Poverty Reduction was formed and the Tackling Poverty in Hamilton initiative began. This web site provides information about Tackling Poverty in Hamilton.
- incl. links to : Who's Involved - News - Poverty Facts - Process Plan - Links - Contact Us

Community Update (PDF file - 38K, 2 pages)
February 10, 2006
- first issue of a newsletter by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction to report on the progress of Tackling Poverty in Hamilton, and to rally support for it.

Project Update (PDF file - 99K, 2 pages)
February 2006

Anti-Poverty Initiative to Focus on Prevention in Children and Youth (PDF file - 96K, 1 page)
February 10, 2006

Related Link:

Hamilton Community Foundation
Gift by gift and donor by donor, Hamilton Community Foundation has been quietly and effectively building a permanent legacy for the people of Hamilton for more than 50 years. Hamilton Community Foundation was the first of its kind in Ontario when it was established in 1954. There are now 148 community foundations in Canada. The Foundation's total assets have grown to more than $100 million, thanks to the many hundreds of donors from all walks of life who have made contributions - large and small - during their lifetimes or through their estate plans, to ensure that this community has a brighter future.

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

7. What's New from Statistics Canada:
---
Labour Force Survey, January 2006 - February 10
--- Health Reports: How healthy are Canadians? Annual report 2005
- February 9
--- Canada's retirement income programs - February 7
--- Legal aid, 2004/05 - February 7

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

February 10, 2006
Labour Force Survey, January 2006
Employment increased by 26,000 in January following a pause the month before. Although employment increased, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 6.6% as more people entered the labour force in search of work.

How healthy are Canadians? Annual report 2005
February 9, 2006
Complete report (PDF file - 665K, 69 pages)

Table of contents (download individual articles):

Seniors' health care use [highlights - HTML] [full article - PDF]
Predictors of death in seniors [highlights - HTML] [full article - PDF]
Healthy living among seniors [highlights - HTML] [full article - PDF]
Dependency, chronic conditions and pain in seniors
[highlights - HTML] [full article - PDF]
Successful aging in health care institutions [highlights - HTML] [full article - PDF]

Source:
Health Reports Supplement
Health Reports ($)
Health Reports is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal produced by the Health Statistics Division at Statistics Canada.

February 7, 2006
Canada's retirement income programs
*
The financial reserves in Canada's three principal retirement programs, essential to the future of many Canadians, have doubled since 1990, and they represent one of the largest pools of investment capital in the country.
Related link:
Pension savings of Canadians - table shows, for 1993 and 2003, total accumulated assets of Canadians including public plans, Registered pension plans, Registered retirement savings plans and supplementary retirement income programs.

February 7, 2006
Legal aid, 2004/05*

*NOTE: [I aded this note on Feb. 13 after a subscriber notified me about the broken links - Gilles]
Someone from StatCan must have had a bad hair day on Feb. 7 because the entire issue of The Daily for that date has been deleted from their site.
Both the legal aid link and the retirement income programs link above (that I'd copied from the Feb. 7 issue of The Daily) are broken. Ironically, The Daily for February 13 - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/Daily/English/060213/d060213g.htm - includes an Erratum re. the pensions stuff from the Feb. 7 issue of The Daily, y'know, the issue that doesn't exist. There's no similar erratum re. the legal aid release, but here are a few StatCan links to give you a starting point if you wish to track down the publication.

Legal aid in Canada: resource and caseload statistics
http://www.statcan.gc.ca:8096/bsolc/english/bsolc?catno=85F0015X
(The book costs $31 - the release date for the 2004-2005 issue was February 7, 2006)

Selected legal aid statistics - 2000 to 2004
http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/legal18a.htm

New Tables (includes legal aid - under "recent updates"- see Feb. 7)
http://www40.statcan.ca/z01/cs0006_e.htm

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm
- Go to the Canadian Government Sites about Women's Social Issues page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/women.htm

8. Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers - January 13
(Canadian Policy Research Networks)

Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers (PDF file - 2.7MB, 87 pages)
January 2006
Ron Saunders
The final report in CPRN's research series on vulnerable workers presents the most comprehensive analysis of the subject to date. It also proposes measures to overcome this threat to Canada's well-being and competitiveness.
Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers, by Ron Saunders, Director of CPRN's Work Network, provides a synthesis of the findings of six previous research studies, as well as other recent literature, with an emphasis on their implications for public policy.

Policies to Boost the Income, Security and Productivity of Canada’s Vulnerable Workers (PDF file - 136K, 2 pages)
News Release
January 13, 2006
Ottawa – The final report in CPRN’s research series on vulnerable workers presents the most comprehensive analysis of the subject to date. It also proposes measures to overcome this threat to Canada’s well-being and competitiveness. Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers, by Ron Saunders, Director of CPRN’s Work Network, provides a synthesis of the findings of six previous research studies, as well as other
recent literature, with an emphasis on their implications for public policy.

Source:
Vulnerable Workers Series
NOTE: click the Vulnerable Workers link to access the following reports:
- Defining Vulnerability in the Labour Market
- Does a Rising Tide Lift All Boats? Low-paid Workers in Canada
- Lifting the Boats: Policies to Make Work Pay
- Towards Enhancing the Employment Conditions of Vulnerable Workers
- Non-standard Work and Economic Vulnerability
- New Approaches in Achieving Compliance with Statutory Employment Standards
- Risk and Opportunity: Creating Options for Vulnerable Workers
[ Work Network ]
[ Canadian Policy Research Networks ]

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/research.htm

9. Toque Tuesday Campaign against Homelessness in Canada - February 7
(Raising the Roof)

Raising the Roof's Toque Tuesday Campaign
February 7, 2006
"Hats off.... It's Toque Time!
Raising the Roof's Toque Tuesday Campaign is a national campaign that gives people from all walks of life the chance to raise funds, raise fun and raise awareness in the fight against homelessness in Canada.
Warm your head and your heart! Buy your special Raising The Roof toque in exchange for a minimum $10 donation to support programs and initiatives which help make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Then, proudly wear your toque on Toque Tuesday - February 7th, 2006 - to show your commitment to preventing and eliminating homelessness.
Buy your toque at any Home Depot store in Canada."
- you can also go to the Raising the Roof website to order a toque online or to find the campaign coordinator in your region.
Source:
Raising the Roof
"Raising the Roof is the only national charity in Canada dedicated to finding long-term solutions to homelessness"

Related Links:

The Hidden Homeless - includes 10 Facts about the Hidden Homeless - 10 Things You Can Do to Help - Learn More about Raising the Roof - Radio/TV/print ads
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
- TDRC Links to housing and homelessness resources - 50+ links to Canadian, American and international resources
Housing Again - "a site dedicated to putting affordable housing back on the public agenda"

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm

10. Canada's new Prime Minister and his Cabinet - February 6

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada - The Honourable Stephen Harper
February 6, 2006
- incl. links to : The Prime Minister - The Ministry - mission - Priorities - Media Centre

Prime Minister Harper announces new Ministry and reaffirms government priorities
February 6, 2006
Stephen Harper was sworn in today as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, assuring Canadians that his government will build on Canada's achievements to keep the country strong, united, independent and free.

The New Cabinet - February 6, 2006
Prime Minister Harper's Cabinet is smaller, but one built on talent and diversity to serve all Canadians. Mr. Harper said it is now time for the new government to get to work.

Accountable Government
February 6, 2006
The following documents contain the rules upon which the Prime Minister will hold his Ministers, their staff and senior officials to account.
- Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers (PDF version)
- Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm
- Go to the General Federal Government Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fed2.htm
- Go to the 2006 Federal Election and General Political Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics.htm

11. What's New from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - February 10
(University of Toronto)


What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

10-Feb-06

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WHAT’S NEW
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>> What Canadians need to know about good quality child care
Article from the Human Early Learning Partnership responds to recent media reports about child care quality in Quebec; contends that the conclusions are misleading.

>> Breaking the piggy bank: Parents and the high price of child care
Report from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (US) “finds that parents across the United States are struggling to meet the high cost of child care.”

>> NDP aim to protect child care with national legislation
Press release from the New Democratic Party announces promise to introduce federal child care legislation when parliament returns in April.

>> Government moves forward on child care choices for parents
Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office announces the federal government’s intention to bring in $1,200 allowance; terminate bilateral agreements.

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CHILD CARE IN THE NEWS
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>> MacKay must fight for child-care deal, Island Liberal says [CA-PE]
by Thibodeau, Wayne / Guardian (Charlottetown, PEI), 10 Feb 06

>> Harper girds for child care battle [CA]
by Hebert, Chantal / Toronto Star, 10 Feb 06

>> Child care at risk [CA]
by Lipscombe, Kristen & Jackson, David / Halifax Herald, 10 Feb 06

>> McGuinty keeps up child-care pressure [CA-ON]
by Mills, Andrew & Benzie, Robert / Toronto Star, 10 Feb 06

>> Tory plan for child allowances doesn’t sit well with care workers
[CA-MB]
by Goerzen, Matt / Brandon Sun, 9 Feb 06

>> McGuinty hopes Harper will be 'flexible' on day care deals [CA-ON]
by Livingston, Gillian / Ottawa Citizen, 8 Feb 06

>> Daycare debate [CA]
CTV News / 8 Feb 06

>> Child care showdown [CA]
Winnipeg Sun, 8 Feb 06

>> Co-Chair of Provincial Child Care Council resigns in protest [CA-BC]
CKNW News Talk Radio, 7 Feb 06

>> Harper offers Quebec 'transition' child-care deal [CA-QC]
by Bailey, Sue / Toronto Star, 7 Feb 06

>> Mr. Harper, leave the child-care program alone [CA]
by McTeer, Maureen / Globe and Mail, 6 Feb 06

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This message was forwarded through the Childcare Resource
and Research Unit e-mail news notifier. For information on the
CRRU e-mail notifier, including instructions for (un)subscribing,
see http://www.childcarecanada.org
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Related Links:

What's New? - Canadian, U.S. and international resources from Jan 2000 to the present.
Child Care in the News - media articles from January 2000 to the present
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info
Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

Also from CRRU:

Towards a national system of early learning and child care
Regularly updated
NOTE: this is a large (and growing) collection that includes government and non-governmental reports, press releases, news articles and other documents dealing with the new federal-provincial-territorial arrangements for early learning and child care in Canada.

Current developments in Early Childhood Education and Care: Provinces and territories
Regularly updated

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

12. Poverty Dispatch Digest :
U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs --- February 9

POVERTY DISPATCH Digest
Institute for Research on Poverty - U. of Wisconsin
This digest offers dozens of new links each week to full-text articles in the U.S. media (mostly daily newspapers) on poverty, poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more...
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a free e-mail service that consists of an e-mail message sent to subscribers each Monday and Thursday, containing a dozen or so links to articles dealing with the areas mentioned above. The weekly Canadian Social Research Links Poverty Dispatch Digest is a compilation, available online, of the two dispatch e-mails for that week --- with the kind permission of IRP.

Here's the complete collection of U.S. media articles in this week's Poverty Dispatch Digest:
(click the link above to read all of these articles)

February 9, 2006

Today's subjects include:  Social Services and Federal Budget // Social Services and Federal Budget – Opinion // Medicaid Spending Reduction // Grandparent-Headed Households // Child Support Enforcement – Editorial // Marriage and Fatherhood Grant Program // Access to Advanced Placement Classes // Work Force Preparation – Minnesota // Child Support Enforcement Audit – Minnesota // Children's Health Insurance Proposal – Tennessee // Small Business Health Insurance Proposal – Washington // Grandparent-Headed Households – Illinois // Low-Income Heating Assistance – Wisconsin // Low-Income Tax Credit - San Francisco, Ca // Child Welfare Audit – Milwaukee County, WI // Early Childhood Education – Utah, Houston TX

February 6, 2006

Today's subjects include: Welfare Reform // Federal Pressure on State Welfare Programs // Poverty Report - Illinois // Poverty Levels - Rockford, IL // Poverty Levels and Homelessness - Fairfax County, VA // Poverty Study - Alabama // Welfare Reform - Massachusetts // Welfare and Work - Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington // Budget Surplus and Increased Welfare Payments - Ohio // Push to Increase Welfare Assistance - Hawaii // Medicaid Cuts and Low-Income Children - Missouri // Large Companies and Medicaid - Utah // Cuts in Foster-Care Benefits - California // Child-Care Fraud - California // Minimum Wage - Virginia // Homelessness - Alaska

Each of the weekly digests offers dozens of links or more to media articles that are time-sensitive.
The older the link, the more likely it is to either be dead or have moved to an archive - and some archives [but not all] are pay-as-you-go.
[For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link above]

The Poverty Dispatch weekly digest is a good tool for monitoring what's happening in the U.S.; it's a guide to best practices and lessons learned in America.

Subscribe to the Poverty Dispatch!
Send an e-mail message to John Wolf [ jwolf@ssc.wisc.edu ] to receive a plain text message twice a week with one to two dozen links to media articles with a focus on poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, health, Medicaid from across the U.S.
And it's free...

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

For the current week's digest, click on the POVERTY DISPATCH Digest link at the top of this section.
Recently-archived POVERTY DISPATCH weekly digests:

- February 2, 2006
- January 26
- January 19
- January 12
- January 5

POVERTY DISPATCH description/archive - weekly issues back to August 2005, 50+ links per issue
NOTE: this archive is part of the Canadian Social Research Links American Non-Governmental Social Research page.

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

13. Budget of the United States Government (Fiscal Year 2007) - February 6
(U.S. Government Printing Office)

Budget of the United States Government: Main Page
Fiscal Year 2007 Budget
February 6, 2006
Covers the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006

Browse Fiscal Year 2007 - links to: Budget Documents | Appendix | Supporting Documents | Related Documents | Spreadsheets

Sample content from the budget:

Overview of the President's 2007 Budget (PDF file, 83K)
The Nation's Fiscal Outlook (PDF file, 192K)
Department of Health and Human Services (PDF file, 642K)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (PDF file - 300K)
Social Security Administration (PDF file, 252K)

Historical Tables, Fiscal Year 2007- links to dozens of historical tables showing budgetary items as far back as the 1930s to 2006 and, in some cases, projections up to 2010

Source:
Government Printing Office (GPO)

Related Links from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS
An Administration's budget is a statement of its priorities. This budget’s priorities are clear: it features cuts in numerous domestic programs that serve low- and middle-income families alongside continued — and substantially expanded — tax cuts of very large size that concentrate their benefits on people high on the income scale. The new budget also contains continual significant increases in defense and homeland security spending. This analysis assesses the President's budget on three basic criteria — fiscal responsibility, fairness and balance, and the degree to which it is transparent. This analysis indicates that the budget falls well short on all three standards.
HTML version
PDF version (7 pages)

PRESIDENT'S BUDGET WOULD CUT FOOD FOR OVER 400,000 LOW-INCOME SENIORS
This analysis finds that President Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget would eliminate funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), terminating food assistance to over 400,000 low-income seniors in an average month.
HTML version
PDF version (3 pages)

Google.ca Web Search Results: "2007 budget, United States"
Google.ca News Search Results: "2007 budget, United States"
Source:
Google.ca

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

14. Special report on Medicaid 2006 - January 2006
(Pew Center on the States)

Pew Center on the States: Special Report on Medicaid 2006
Bridging the Gap Between Care and Cost
(U.S.)
This special report on Medicaid, by the Pew Center on the States, seeks to analyze the real-world experiences of states, highlight examples of what works and what doesn't, and inform a crucial policy debate that will affect the lives of millions of Americans.
- incl. links to the Complete report (PDF file - 292K, 24 pages) and to a table of contents (copied below) with links to the individual chapters in HTML.
Table of contents:
Overview
* The Great Debate Medicaid in the eye of the storm
* The Challenge of Change Balancing cost controls with the health of millions
The States at Work
* Long-term care Medicaid's Third Rail
* Prescription drugs The Rx Factor: Controlling prescription drug costs
* Technology The Great eHealth Hope: How technology can help
* Cost sharing Something of Value: Experiments in cost sharing
* Management Tools to Live By: Managing for better performance
* Private insurance Trading Places: Tapping into private insurance
* Reform The Radical Reformers: A new approach
* About the Report
* Related Resources - Links to over 800 reports from the 50 states pertaining to Medicaid and related health issues. These reports were published in 2004 and 2005 and come from many different sources, including auditors, legislatures, a wide variety of state agencies and research organizations. Resources can be browsed by state or topic.

News Release:

Pew Center on the States Examines State Innovation in Medicaid Policy
January 1, 2006
(Philadelphia, PA) - All 50 states are experimenting with new ways to try to rein in Medicaid costs. While these approaches may save money, they could limit the program's capacity to provide vital health care to the nearly 60 million Americans who depend on it. Which reforms have been most effective? What may be the unintended consequences of reforms to Medicaid? The Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, today issued its first state policy report, Special Report on Medicaid: Bridging the Gap Between Care and Cost, which analyzes how state Medicaid programs are wrestling with rising costs and highlights examples of which innovations are working, which are not, and why.

Source:
Pew Center on the States

"The Pew Center conducts highly credible research, brings together diverse perspectives, analyzes states' experiences to determine what works and what doesn't, and collaborates with other funders and organizations to shine a spotlight on nonpartisan, pragmatic solutions."

- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/health.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

15. The Child Rights Information Network re-launches its website - February 2006

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)
The Child Rights Information Network re-launched its website early in February. The website has been redesigned to offer more features and interactive tools, with easy navigation, highlighting the latest information added to the site, and using new technology, such as RSS feeds.

- incl. links to : Resources section - News section - Email lists - RSS feeds - Directory of child rights organisations - For children - Regions - Languages - Interactive features - more...

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm




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At's Amore !!!
(with apologies to Dean Martin...)

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That's amore.

When an eel bites your hand
And that's not what you planned
That's a moray.

When our habits are strange
And our customs deranged
That's our mores.

When your horse munches straw
And the bales total four
That's some more hay.

When Othello's poor wife
becomes stabbed with a knife
That's a Moor, eh?

When a Japanese knight
Used his sword in a fight
That's Samurai.

When your sheep go to graze
In a damp marshy place,
That's a moor, eh?

When your boat comes home fine
And you tied up her line
 That's a moor, eh?

When you ace your last tests
Like you did all the rest
That's some more "A"s!

When on Mt. Cook you see
An aborigine,
That's a Maori.

Alley Oop's homeland has
A space gun with pizzazz,
That's a Moo ray....

A comedian-ham
With the name Amsterdam
That's a Morey.

When your chocolate graham
Is so full and so crammed
That more.

When you've had quite enough
Of this dumb rhyming stuff
That's "No more!", eh?


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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
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The Compulsory Mushy Stuff:
http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/

- incl. links to:

Celebrating Valentine's Day!
Say I love you in many languages!
Links to Other Valentine's Day Sites
Send your 21 Reasons why you love him/her!
Test your luck on Valentine's day!  
Valentine Gifts
Send Greeting cards
Download Wallpapers
Romantic Crafts
Print Love Letterheads
Gift Ideas 4 You
Poems & Poetries
Recipes 4 your love
Jokes And Humor
History of Valentine
Cupid History
Valentine Zodiacs
Valentine Symbols


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