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Improving Economic Opportunity

article icon Issue Brief Successful anti-poverty solutions should be coordinated in a way that meets the needs of families and should build upon lessons learned from successful programs across the country. Efforts to improve the safety net should also be paired with broader reforms and investments to tackle the root causes of poverty.

By Melissa Boteach and Megan Martin | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ryan Budget in Sheep’s Clothing?

Paul Ryan speechHouse Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s speech on safety net reforms is either an outgrowth of his budget plans to gut the safety net or it backtracks on his promise to balance the budget. But he can’t have it both ways.

By Melissa Boteach and Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, July 24, 2014

El discurso sobre la pobreza que debería dar el Representante Ryan

Rep. Paul RyanSi el pasado es un prólogo, las propuestas más recientes del representante Paul Ryan sobre la pobreza exacerbarán la pobreza y la desigualdad. Pero hay opciones políticas alternativas y eficaces para hacer crecer la clase media.

By Melissa Boteach | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Speech Rep. Ryan Should Give

Rep. Paul RyanIf past is prologue, Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest poverty proposals will exacerbate poverty and inequality. But there are alternative, effective policy options to grow the middle class.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Universal Credit: A Primer

Internet article icon Issue Brief The United Kingdom’s overhaul of its social safety net, known as the Universal Credit, raises many concerns, and policymakers should be cautious about considering it as a model for reforming the U.S. system.

By Melissa Boteach, Helly Lee, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, and Megan Martin | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Take a Stand for Women and Families Living Paycheck to Paycheck

An outline of the policies that could help families that live in poverty or on its brink.

By Katie Wright and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Infographic: Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab for Corporations that Can Afford to Pay Their Employees More

Minimum wage graphThe net incomes of four of the largest low-wage employers, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, and Target, represent five times the amount of cost savings in SNAP resulting from a minimum wage hike to $10.10.

By Melissa Boteach and Sarah Baron | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The War on Poverty: Then and Now

LBJ declares War on Poverty book_alt2 icon Report Fifty years after the launch of the War on Poverty, it’s time to apply our lessons learned to today’s economic and social challenges to usher in a new era of shared prosperity.

By Melissa Boteach, Erik Stegman, Sarah Baron, Tracey Ross, and Katie Wright | Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Food for Thought: New Poverty Data Underscore Effectiveness of Nutrition Assistance as Congress Considers Cuts to Food Aid

The new supplemental poverty data should give legislators pause as they consider cuts to nutrition assistance in Farm Bill negotiations.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Resetting the Poverty Debate: Renewing Our Commitment to Shared Prosperity

Half in Ten analyzes the nation's progress toward cutting poverty in half in 10 years, tracking progress along several indicators of success.

By Melissa Boteach, Shawn Fremstad, Joy Moses, Erik Stegman, and Katie Wright | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

INFOGRÁFICA: Alto a los recortes de SNAP

By Sarah Baron and Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the New Poverty and Income Data

bars icon Charts New Census data underscore that it is time to reset the fiscal debate.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Infographic: Stop Slashing SNAP

House Republicans have repeatedly proposed legislation that attacks and diminishes supplemental nutrition assistance.

By Sarah Baron and Melissa Boteach | Monday, September 16, 2013

The House Republican Budget Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Are Bad for the Economy

SNAPThe House Republican fiscal year 2014 budget’s cuts to nutrition aid would cost the economy upward of 340,000 jobs in the first year alone.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Infographic: Tax Loopholes for Corporate Jets or Investments in Jobs and Education?

By eliminating a loophole that gives special treatment to corporate jets, Congress could avert cuts that would cost thousands of jobs, hurt millions of disadvantaged students, and force hundreds of thousands of vulnerable families to lose critical nutrition and housing supports this year.

By Melissa Boteach | Thursday, February 14, 2013