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More Ways to Help the Middle Class

A strong middle class is integral to the vitality of the American economy as a whole.

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President Barack Obama has focused on the middle class since taking office, whether in the form of the Affordable Care Act, which addresses the critical middle-class challenge of providing affordable, high-quality health care for families, or by providing tax relief. Increasingly the president and his team are zeroing in on a strong middle class as integral to the vitality of the American economy as a whole—and the State of the Union address coming next Tuesday will be another opportunity to emphasize middle-class-led growth and to mention additional policy measures.

The Center for American Progress website is full of ideas that help the middle class and create jobs. A new column from Senior Policy Analyst Karla Walter highlights additional policies to help rebuild the middle class that should also become part of the national debate.

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