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There’s a push to extend the Child Tax Credit to 2025.

Remembering Paradise

California is burning. Drought conditions coupled with the state’s wildfire season has been devastating. As of right now, there are at least five active wildfires that have burned more than 360, 000 acres. That’s more than four times the number of acres destroyed around this time last year.  The largest, the Dixie Fire, has destroyed more than 240,000 acres alone.  But once the fires are put out and the smoke clears, residents must sift through the rubble of what was once their lives. Correspondent Jessica Gomez spoke to the survivors of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California who are familiar with that process. Watch here.

From 9 to 5 to 24/7

The workforce has changed over the decades, but the pandemic put that change into hyper-speed. Women are feeling the brunt of the burnout. The delicate balancing act is long gone with women now caring for older family members, homeschooling, and juggling jobs. What can employers do to help ease the burden?  Beth Humberd, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an expert on gender and diversity in the workplace explains how companies should re-invent work. Watch here.

Paying Parents Permanently?

Checks are in the hands of an estimated 39 million households as part of the Child Tax Credit. Eligible families will get a child tax credit of up to $300 a month per child. That money is expected to go a long way in places like New Mexico. One in four children in that state are living in poverty compared to one in seven nationally. Watch this mother’s story here.

President Joe Biden wants to extend the Child Tax Credit to 2025. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wants it to be permanent. New Mexico State Representative Javier Martinez agrees and explains why here.   

Under One Roof 

The pandemic has changed a lot of things including how we live. Generations of families are under one roof to save money, including the family of Andie Karanas. Karanas moved back in with her parents and grandparents last spring. We chat with her about balancing independence while living at home. Watch here.

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