House and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.
Report Subsidized jobs offer a targeted strategy to give disadvantaged workers a foot in the door to the labor market—a win-win-win situation for working families, local businesses, and the American economy.
Report State leaders can adopt the Promise Zones model to support innovative localities as they work to address concentrated poverty.
Report As Congress explores strategies to strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit, there are several ways to boost its power as a mobility tool.
With the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.
Charts Much has changed in the 50 years since the War on Poverty. To build an economy that works for all Americans, we need to update our social contract to reflect 21st century realities.
When four in five Americans will experience at least one year of poverty, near poverty, unemployment, or the safety net during their working years, it’s time to rethink how we conceptualize poverty and update our nation’s social contract accordingly.
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.
House 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.
Si 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.
If 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.
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.
An outline of the policies that could help families that live in poverty or on its brink.
The 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.