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Melissa Boteach Archives

5 Things You Need to Know About the 2011 Poverty Data

Today’s new data on poverty reveal that the share of people living in poverty stabilized and that government programs to alleviate hardship are working.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Timeline: Cutting Poverty and the Federal Deficit Is Possible

cursor icon Interactive Sophie Feldman and Melissa Boteach demonstrate the bipartisan achievements of deficit reduction and poverty reduction between 1985 and 1997 in a telling timeline.

By Sophie Feldman and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Right Embraces ‘Big Government’

Melissa Boteach explores the crass politics behind opposition to states experimenting with the best ways to fight poverty.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

7 Ways the House Farm Bill Slams the Middle Class

Melissa Boteach explains how the bill will cut jobs, hurt long-term economic growth, increase poverty, and worsen child hunger—all while protecting the wealthy.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Infographic: The Coverage Chasm

An infographic from Melissa Boteach shows how low-wage workers are left out of the promise of affordable health coverage in states that refuse Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

By Melissa Boteach | Monday, July 16, 2012

House Republican Cuts for Kids by the Numbers

Melissa Boteach demonstrates the trade offs House leadership is willing to make to help the best off at the expense of America’s most vulnerable children.

By Melissa Boteach | Thursday, April 26, 2012

Protecting Wasteful Military Spending at All Costs

Chart from Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb, and Max Hoffman shows that House conservatives are asking low- and middle-income families to foot the bill to protect weapons systems that don’t enhance our national security.

By Melissa Boteach, Lawrence J. Korb, and Max Hoffman | Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Real Hunger Games

House Republicans stealthily cut nutrition assistance as they reject revenues from the Buffett Rule as paltry, write Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon.

By Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Guest Voz: Three Ways the Ryan Budget Hits Latinos

Melissa Boteach outlines the ways the House Republican budget introduced last week will affect the Latino population.

By Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Ryan Plan Would Harm Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

Melissa Boteach and Katie Wright demonstrate how the House Budget Committee chairman’s new proposal would increase hunger, cut jobs, and jeopardize economic security for millions of families, including our veterans.

By Melissa Boteach and Katie Wright | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Infographic: Keeping Wasteful Defense Spending vs. Helping Vets

Melissa Boteach, Lawrence J. Korb, and Alex Rothman ask whether we really need another nuclear missile in our well-stocked arsenal when that funding could help a returning veteran find a job.

By Melissa Boteach, Lawrence J. Korb, and Alex Rothman | Friday, March 2, 2012

House Strip Club Vote Misses the Point

Melissa Boteach examines an unfortunate and cynical upcoming vote on banning aid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from being spent at strip clubs.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Infographic: House Appropriations Bill Ignores the Other 99 Percent

New appropriations bill eliminates funding for programs that struggling families need, write Donna Cooper and Melissa Boteach.

By Donna Cooper and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, October 13, 2011

Census Data Underscore the Urgency of Enacting Job-Creation Measures

book_alt2 icon Report Neera Tanden, Heather Boushey, and Melissa Boteach make recommendations for improving the jobs picture and Americans’ economic security based on the latest income, poverty, and health insurance numbers.

By Neera Tanden, Heather Boushey, and Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The American Dream Takes a Tough Hit

The debt limit deal will make it harder for low-income families and communities of color to prosper, write Melissa Boteach and Desmond Brown.

By Melissa Boteach and Desmond Brown | Monday, August 8, 2011