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Daniel Vock

Daniel Vock

Daniel C. Vock is a States Newsroom Washington correspondent.

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

By: - September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

By: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states including Minnesota and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

By: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

By: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]

With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance

By: - April 30, 2021

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak—or any other passenger rail service—to come to Columbus, Ohio. As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle. But for now, Columbus, a […]

Farmers likely to see more multinational trade deals crafted in Biden administration

By: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—American farmers who have gone through the drama and turbulence of trade and agriculture policy in the Trump administration can expect a far more sedate and multinational experience when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. On just the third day of his administration, President Donald Trump rattled world leaders and upended exports by announcing […]