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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the State Supreme Court decision on the state’s landmark education funding case should not stop policymakers from continuing to look for ways to close the achievement gap.

Connecticut's Supreme Court has rejected a claim that the state's educational funding formula is unconstitutional. 

Food bank shelves in Washington, D.C.
Crista Friedli / Bread for the World

Congress is expected to debate a new farm bill this year, and with it, funding to the food assistance program known as SNAP. One western Massachusetts agency is worried that any cuts in benefits would have a negative impact on the hungry.

Dave Roback / The Republican

With the recent cold snap, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Department of Health and Human Services to release additional money to help low-income people pay their heating bills. 

Connecticut’s recently passed biennial budget made drastic changes to health care provisions for some state residents. One of the ways lawmakers saved money was by cutting back Medicaid eligibility. 

Officials at organizations providing food assistance to Vermonters say a sluggish state economy might be one of the reasons why demand at many local food shelves has risen in the past few months.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
File photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill Tuesday that would lift a restriction on welfare benefits --the so-called "Cap on Kids."

In Massachusetts, a parent with one child on transitional aid receives $478 per month if the family has no income that is counted against the grant.

If there are two children, the grant goes up by $100 a month, but if that second child was conceived when the family was on welfare, there is no increase.