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3 Reasons Why We Should Certify All Paid Tax Preparers

Minimum standards for education and ethics would improve accuracy and transparency while protecting taxpayers.

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Yes, America Can Afford to Dramatically Reduce Poverty and Increase Opportunity

article icon Issue Brief Poverty in America is not inevitable. Simply by making different budgetary choices, policymakers could greatly reduce poverty and boost opportunity.

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A Blueprint for Cutting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in America

House Republicans must embrace these policies if they are serious about tackling poverty and paving pathways to the middle class.

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Supporting Women’s Health and Rights to Address Economic Inequality

Policymakers must focus on strategies to improve a woman’s ability to choose to delay pregnancy, not restrict her right to do so.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

When Home Disappears

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes to build a transportation system that works for everyone.

Beonca Williams crosses the street with her 1-year-old son

Forfeiting the American Dream

book_alt2 icon Report Reform is urgently needed to prevent civil asset forfeiture abuses from undermining public efforts to cut poverty and boost opportunity.

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Partnered But Poor

article icon Issue Brief Economic insecurity and low incomes among married and partnered families undermine the myth of marriage being the fix for poverty.

Flint River

Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of Color

article icon Issue Brief Increased public investment in housing, health, infrastructure, and education initiatives would improve outcomes for communities of color and help avoid disasters such as what recently occurred in Flint, Michigan.

Volunteers are sworn into the AmeriCorps national service program.

Utilizing National Service as a 21st Century Workforce Strategy for Opportunity Youth

book_alt2 icon Report Expanding national service programs to create first jobs and on-the-job training slots for opportunity youth and other disadvantaged workers is an important workforce strategy.

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State of the States Report 2015

book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should take a hard look at where their state is succeeding and falling short to prioritize actions that would dramatically reduce poverty in their backyards and beyond.

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How Congress Should Respond to the Flint Water Crisis

The water crisis in Flint was both foreseeable and preventable; Congress must ensure this never happens again by increasing infrastructure funding and strengthening oversight.

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis

play_alt icon Video Government officials in Michigan have been scrambling to address the fallout of the man-made water catastrophe in Flint that poisoned thousands of mostly low-income people of color.

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Protecting America from Racism in the Water

The Flint water crisis highlights the continuing disparities that people of color face in finding access to fair housing and healthy communities.

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Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters

article icon Fact Sheet Tests in four states reveal that transgender homeless women face discrimination in accessing shelter.

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An Opportunity Agenda for Renters

book_alt2 icon Report The United States needs a two-pronged approach to housing policy that supports residential mobility to high opportunity areas and promotes reinvestment in economically impoverished neighborhoods.

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