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July 2014

Job seekers wait in a line at a job fair in Southfield, Michigan. article icon Issue Brief Despite an improving labor market, Congress needs to do more to create opportunity for all American families.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

Citizenship Matters

child immigrants book_alt2 icon Report The children of immigrants are a critical—but often overlooked—demographic who care deeply about how both parties act on immigration, and will be influential in shaping the future of American politics.

By Manuel Pastor, Justin Scoggins, Vanessa Carter, and Jared Sanchez | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

A young migrant girl waits for a freight train to depart on her way to the U.S. border, in Ixtepec, Mexico. article icon Issue Brief The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.

By Dan Restrepo and Ann Garcia | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes

Teacher in front of class article icon Issue Brief Low pay prevents talented and experienced teachers from living a middle-class life.

By Ulrich Boser and Chelsea Straus | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Missing the Point

Chief Illiniwek performs book_alt2 icon Report The harmful impacts of the Washington football team’s name are part of a much larger problem in our country, and one in which local, state, and federal education agencies can make a difference.

By Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional Budgeting

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, on the question of two-year budgeting.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, July 21, 2014

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Unproven Proton Radiation Therapy Wastes Millions of Dollars

Radiation therapists use X-rays to show the exact position of a patient's tumor in the left lung article icon Fact Sheet New proton therapy technology costs Medicare and seniors millions of dollars but offers zero improvement for prostate cancer patients.

By Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, and Gina Phillipi | Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

By Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toward a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

article icon Issue Brief The United States and its international partners are nearing the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Three key components will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is used only for peaceful purposes.

By Benjamin Armbruster | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Left Behind

empty chair book_alt2 icon Report Five years after the end of the Great Recession, Millennials still face high barriers to entering the U.S. middle class. For LGBT Millennials, these barriers to full participation in the U.S. economy can be exacerbated by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

By Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Unbundling ‘Too Big to Fail’

wall street bull book_alt2 icon Report To make progress in debates on financial reform, we need to understand the varied concerns underlying too big to fail and tailor solutions to the problems.

By Ganesh Sitaraman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

electric car book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

A worker hands a food order over to a customer as demonstrators march through a Burger King restaurant drive-thru book_alt2 icon Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.

By Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Encouraging Responsible Credit for Financially Vulnerable Consumers

Cash Advance book_alt2 icon Report Through stronger laws and enforcement, as well as the encouragement of better alternatives, policymakers can reduce debt traps in short-term lending.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, July 10, 2014