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Veto of Paid Sick Days Bill a ‘Betrayal of Maryland’s Working Families’

Governor Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act is a huge disappointment and a betrayal of Maryland’s working families, and of the legislators in both the state House and Senate who passed it.  
 
Currently, 750,000 working people in Maryland do not have any paid sick days they can use to care for themselves or their children when they get sick. This means working Marylanders often must make impossible choices between a paycheck and their health, or the health of their family members. As is too often the case, people of color, and particularly women of color, suffer the most from lack of access to paid sick days – approximately half of Latina workers and more than a third of African American women currently cannot earn paid sick days.  
 
Governor Hogan acted callously in vetoing a bill that would provide financial relief for workers, improve the health of families and boost our economy.
 

Moms Group Applauds the Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017

Today, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) along with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 –  legislation that would immediately increase the federal minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, increasing the minimum wage gradually until it reaches $15 per hour by the year 2024. The legislation would increase the tipped minimum wage for workers who have not seen a salary increase since 1991. The bill has 31 Senate co-sponsors and 152 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.
  

MomsRising Reacts to Release of the CBO Score Of the American Health Care Act

Moments ago, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Republican health care plan that was passed by the US House of Representatives.
 
According to the CBO scoring, an estimated 23 million more people would be uninsured under the House legislation than under current law by 2026. 
 
 Today’s Congressional Budget Office score reflects what we’ve known for some time now: The Republican health care plan, if passed, would be devastating to families and the economy. It would strip health insurance from 23 million Americans. Families across the country would be forced to pay more for basic coverage and those with pre-existing conditions would likely be priced out of the market entirely. The proposed cuts to Medicaid would mean that millions of families, mothers, children and the elderly would lose their insurance - and that families with health insurance would see their costs skyrocket. The only winners if this legislation becomes law would be the wealthy: individuals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies that benefit from the bill’s enormous tax cuts.
 

10 Ways to Keep Spanish Alive in our Home

The moment they brought my baby girl to my arms, the only words that came out of my mouth where in Spanish. Since I married an English speaker, and realized we would be raising our family in a small town in North GA, I felt fear that my children would not be able to communicate with my family in Colombia. My husband spoke very little Spanish, and my 10-year-old stepson didn’t know a word! Our family language was English… wow, I even spoke English to our dog!!! How was I going to transform the language culture of our home? Fear. Paralyzed... that is how I felt. How was I going to have a Spanish-speaking child? The task felt impossible. However, the day I became a mom, it was the most natural thing in the world. You see, my parents never spoke one word of English to me, and to speak to my own child in a language that wasn’t my language of love, just felt…strange. But how would it work out?

            I think the first words my baby heard when she came to the world where in English. She was born at 34 weeks and we had a whole team of specialist ready to examine her immediately. They spoke to each other in sterile hospital English as they ran many tests.

8 Free Online Language Learning Resources

I remember the first day of 7th Grade when I walked into my Spanish 1 class. We were given new names (Bethany was now Betania) and started the class by singing the Spanish alphabet. I was like Kindergarten all over again. When I was growing up, schools did not start offering language classes until at least middle school. Now in 2017, language immersion and dual language programs are extremely popular. In fact, they have such high interest, most schools have to implement a lottery system for enrollment.

We made the choice to prioritize language learning after reading about the science behind the benefits of speaking multiple languages from birth. Specifically, the book Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina, outlined the many cognitive, emotional, as well as social benefits of raising a multilingual child. As we talk with others, the number one reason that inhibits most people is the cost of language lessons. Today, I want to give you a list of 8 free online language learning resources. These wonderful platforms will help you and your family get started on your language learning journey.

Fact of the Week: More than 80 percent of critical human needs programs have lost ground since 2010

Minority health programs cut by 10 percent. Juvenile justice programs cut nearly in half. Housing for the elderly cut by 46 percent; housing for people with disabilities cut nearly 57 percent. Job training to assist ex-offenders reintegrating into their communities cut nearly 28 percent.

Out of the 167 programs tracked by CHN that assist low-income people, 135 saw funding cuts from FY 2010 through FY 2017 after taking inflation into account. But it wasn’t just inflation eroding the value of the funding. New research by the Coalition on Human Needs found that more than half of the programs (85 of them, to be exact) were cut by 15 percent or more, and nearly one-third (53 programs) were slashed by 25 percent or more. Only 32 programs, or less than one in five, actually received an increase in funding over this time.

The Lowdown: Elyssa's Analysis of the #TrumpBudget's Impact on Families

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President Trump's budget was released today; there are numerous implications for women, moms, and families. This is my analysis of how the budget is affecting the programs that matter most to families.

This is the single largest reduction in anti-poverty programs we have seen in a generation. Trump’s budget is anti-woman, anti-family, anti-child, and anti-worker. It is mean spirited and turns awful ideas that have proven not to work time and time again (hello! Trickle down economics!) into federal spending policy. Throughout the budget you will find direct attacks on the poor, children, women, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Over two-thirds of the cuts come from non-defense programs—breaking with a long held tradition of at least an attempt of balance for the past 20+ years.

Moms Deserve Fair Wages! On Moms’ Equal Pay Day, MomsRising Urges Congress to Help Close the Wage Gap

This Mother's Day month, it's time to get real: We live in a country that often claims to worship mothers but, in truth, becoming a mother puts women at a tremendous lifelong economic risk. In fact, being a mom is now a greater predictor of wage and hiring discrimination than being a woman.
 
You may have thought Mother’s Day was last week, but did you know that today is, infuriatingly, another kind of Mother’s Day? Today is Moms’ Equal Pay Day 2017 – the day that marks how long mothers have to work in the new year to be paid what fathers were paid in the previous calendar year. Mothers in this country are paid, on average, just 71 cents for every dollar paid to fathers. Moms of color and single moms experience even greater, more punitive wage gaps. For instance, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic fathers, Black mothers are paid just 51 cents, Native mothers 49 cents and Latina mothers 46 cents. For single mothers, the wage gap is 55 cents. This is disgraceful – a shameful measure of how little we, as a nation, truly value mothers and, by extension, families.
 

Congress Must Reject ‘Shockingly Callous’ Trump Budget Proposal – an ‘Assault on Nation’s Mothers and Families’

Food. Health Care. Housing. Education. Air that is breathable and water that is safe to drink. The budget proposal the Trump administration released today would put all that in jeopardy in order to pay for huge tax cuts for billionaires and big corporations. This budget would jeopardize the health care, nutrition and education of our children, families and aging parents.  
 
Quite simply, this budget would devastate our economy and our families.
 
This budget proposal is shockingly callous and short-sighted. It provides a frightening glimpse into the priorities of this President: Building walls instead of building schools; investing in expensive new weapon systems instead of investing in children; and cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires instead of cutting hunger, poverty and want. Congress must reject it in its entirety – declaring it DOA – and instead pass a federal budget that allows mothers, families, communities, small and medium businesses, and our economy to thrive.
 

5 Urgent Actions for This Week!

It's GO TIME! We need all hands on deck! We’ve got to protect families in the national budget and push back against the disastrous American Health Care Act. It takes just a minute to have a big impact.

So get YOUR week off to a great start, and take action on the important #5Actions below. Thank you!  

1. Urge Congress: Protect kids and families in the federal budget!

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