Governor Cuomo has proposed only covering the difference between tuition and students’ existing aid, meaning those who currently get the most aid benefit least from the proposal.
State-level collaboration can help drive cross-system partnerships and better leverage state government funding to support economic prosperity.
Maine Governor Paul LePage recently asserted that SNAP participants use their benefits on junk food, but the choice between eating healthily or not isn’t just about preference.
Between 36 and 40 percent of SNAP applicants with children reported experiencing an emergency during the application process that could have been avoided or reduced if they had gotten their benefits more quickly.
Full-time work at the minimum wage provides about $15,000 a year in earnings. Improving skills to attain “middle-skill jobs” holds the promise of higher wages and a way out of poverty.