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Congress is looking at expanding the child tax credit again. Who would benefit?

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan tax package passed by the U.S. House last month is not a done deal, but the proposal’s supporters say it could restore some poverty-reducing benefits that reached millions under the pandemic-era child tax credit expansion. A majority of low-income families who do not currently qualify for the full credit would see some increase …

Winter brings more than just ugly sweaters – here’s how the season can affect your mind and behavior

Michael Varnum, Arizona State University & Ian Hohm, University of British Columbia What comes to mind when you think about winter? Snowflakes? Mittens? Reindeer? In much of the Northern Hemisphere, winter means colder temperatures, shorter days and year-end holidays. Along with these changes, a growing body of research in psychology and related fields suggests that winter also brings some profound changes …

Small farms, ranches hope for better treatment in new Farm Bill

Farah Siddiqi Congress passed a one-year extension of the current Farm Bill, which means the debate over a new bill will continue well into 2024. Advocacy groups said they will be using this time to push for bold policy changes, including an end to subsidizing factory farm manure management, and taking steps to restore competition in …

U.S. Job Market Surges as Unemployment Drops to 3.7%

According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States gained 199,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.7 percent. Average hourly wages rose 4.0 percent over the past year and increased by 0.4 percent, or 12 cents, compared to October. The most notable job gains were observed …