We are a nation hurting. For nearly two years a pandemic has inflicted deep anxiety, pain and loss. And now, even as our economy recovers, consumers are facing higher prices at the pump, the grocery store, and for home heating.

Fortunately, there are remedies.

The American Rescue Plan passed last spring showed how the government can help people in times of need. Between the stimulus payments and expanded child tax credit, it put thousands of dollars in Americans’ pockets to help sustain us in an economy that was shut down.

Read the full article at The Progressive.

Karen Dolan directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow her on Twitter @KarenDolan.

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