Author Archives: Mike Clifford

Massachusetts Moving Up in Providing Summer Meals to Kids

The number of lower-income children with access to free summer meals is down nationwide, but New England states are doing better than most. Crystal FitzSimons, director of school and out-of-school-time programs at the Food Research and Action Center, which tracks summer meal programs across the country, said one reason more Massachusetts children received summer meals

Proposed SNAP Cuts Target Mass. Seniors, People with Disabilities

President Donald Trump wants to take a $193 billion slice out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years, and local advocates say seniors and Bay Staters with disabilities would be hardest hit by the proposal. Patricia Baker, a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, has crunched the numbers

Lawmakers Face Dueling Versions of Marijuana Legalization

State lawmakers are working against an end-of-month deadline to try to reconcile two competing versions of the marijuana legalization bill. The House was the latest to act on the measure, and Essex Rep. Frank Moran, who chairs the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, said they scored a win by making sure the legislation contains

DACA Decision Called ‘Band-Aid’, Not Solution

On the campaign trail, a key promise on immigration from candidate Donald Trump was that he would revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Now, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security says the program will remain in place. The decision came late last week, on the fifth anniversary of the DACA program,

Trump Budget: Deep Cuts to SNAP Could Affect Thousands in MA

Even a 25 percent cut to SNAP—enough to leave thousands hungrier in Massachusetts—can’t make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, President Trump’s first budget would slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) by nearly $200 billion.