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Child Care Assistance Funds in the American Rescue Plan

Child care providers across Missouri have faced unprecedented financial and logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading many to close temporarily or permanently. Without additional fiscal support, many Missouri children & families could be left without
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Missouri’s Child Care Assistance Program Primer

Access to high quality, affordable childcare not only creates a solid foundation for children to thrive but is also an essential component of developing a strong workforce. The Missouri Child Care Assistance Program offsets the costs of childcare for working families with low
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TANF Emergency Pandemic Assistance

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law March 11th, includes $1 billion dollars in Pandemic Emergency Assistance (PEA) funds that can be used to help families with the lowest incomes address immediate hardship or cover additional expenses related to the pandemic. Over
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TANF Chartbook 2021

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance is designed to help lift families and children out of poverty. What’s more, boosting the income of families with low wages has been shown to improve children’s academic performance, as well as economic and
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Analysis of Tax Provisions in Senate Bill 153

Both the House and Senate versions of Senate Bill 153 address a tax loophole known as the “Wayfair Fix,” but other tax changes included in the bills would have far different impacts on Missouri taxpayers. Specifically, SB 153 as perfected by the Senate, would provide a boost to
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Medicaid Expansion is Good for Kids

While Medicaid expansion was created to provide uninsured adults access to health coverage, it greatly benefits children too. Expansion has been shown to increase kids’ coverage, improve children’s health, and foster families’ economic stability – helping children thrive both now
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“Enhanced” Federal Medicaid Funding: An Explainer

MO HealthNet – Missouri’s Medicaid program – is funded jointly by the federal and state governments. The amount of the federal share, or the FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage), is currently 65% in Missouri. The federal government has temporarily increased
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A MO EITC Can Improve Child Wellbeing

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has long provided hardworking families the ability to achieve a better future and a pathway to the middle class. Though most families receive the EITC only temporarily, it has profound long-term benefits for families and communities.
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American Rescue Plan: Direct Assistance for Missourians

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), approved by Congress and signed into law this week, will provide $1.9 trillion to counteract economic declines related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The bill provides significant direct economic relief for Missourians including: Additional stimulus
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American Rescue Plan: State & Local Fiscal Relief Fact Sheet

The American Rescue Plan provides a total of $360 billion in fiscal aid to state, local, and tribal governments to address increased costs and lost revenue related to the pandemic. Missouri’s estimated state & local relief aid is projected to total more than $5.4 billion,
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