CA Colleges to Sue Feds for Not Giving Coronavirus Funds to ‘Dreamers’

Grind for March 9th

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The Headline

CA Colleges to Sue Feds for Not Giving Coronavirus Funds to ‘Dreamers’

The Grind

Institutes of higher education are in the business of educating, but California community colleges are focused on suing the federal government for not providing money to students attending these schools who are not citizens but are protected from deportation for being in the country illegally through the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Close to a million DACA recipients – or “dreamers” as open borders advocates have dubbed them – attend these colleges and deserve money from the government, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Details

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and the system’s Board of Governors filed suit this week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos over eligibility restrictions placed on the use of federal aid money for students, arguing that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

“The Department of Education ignored the intent of the CARES Act to give local colleges discretion to aid students most affected by the pandemic, and instead has arbitrarily excluded as many as 800,000 community college students,” Oakley said in a statement. Read more…







The Headline

Pelosi’s Bill Includes $880B Tax Breaks, to Congressional Scorekeeper

Tax provisions contained in the HEROES Act House Democrats are expected to pass Friday would cost more than $880 billion over the next 10 years, according to the congressional tax scorekeeper, the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Accounting for nearly half of this cost is the $1,200 rebate payments to individuals, which will set federal government coffers back $412 billion.

The measure provides a $1,200 refundable tax credit for each family member that shall be paid out in advance payments. The bill increased the tax rebate for children from the last round of relief in the CARES Act, from $500 to $1,200, for up to three children.

The Details

The credit phases out starting at $75,000 of taxable income for individuals, $112,500 for head of household filers, and $150,000 for joint filers. The bulk of all taxpayers will receive this payment. Of the roughly 170 million tax returns filed in 2019, 522 million have taxable income below $200,000, and 92 million had no tax liability at all, according to the JCT.

In addition, the legislation eliminates for three years the limit on state and local tax deductions, which will cost the federal government $136 billion, according to the JCT. The 2017 tax reform bill limited the SALT deduction to $10,000. The move outraged residents in high-tax blue states such as New York and New Jersey. Read more…




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