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All Pennsylvanians Will Benefit from a Clean Slate Policy for Minor Criminal Records

article icon Fact Sheet A new proposal in Pennsylvania will reduce barriers to employment, housing, education, and much more.

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3 Facts You Need to Know About the Obama Administration’s Proposed Child Support Rules

Congress should quit playing politics with rules that are a win-win-win for children, parents, and state governments.

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Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American Workers

article icon Issue Brief Social Security Disability Insurance provides vital protection to nearly all American workers and their families in case of life-changing disability or illness.

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How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education

book_alt2 icon Report Giving child care programs the ability to provide children three healthy meals per day through a reformed and expanded CACFP program would go a long way toward supporting children’s growth and development.

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Urban Progress: Lessons from CAP’s Roundtable on Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

A recent CAP roundtable discussion highlighted the need for investments in and further conversations about urban areas and low-income communities.

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Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

book_alt2 icon Report Fostering community cohesion in low-income, climate-vulnerable areas is an overlooked strategy for climate resilience before, during, and after extreme weather events.

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The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

In addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

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Top 5 Reasons Why TANF Is Not a Model for Other Income Assistance Programs

Instead of weakening vital programs for struggling families by modeling them after the waning TANF program, policymakers should focus on strengthening our nation’s safety net—including TANF.

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Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to Work

Proposed cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance for beneficiaries who try to return to work and lose a job through no fault of their own are a step in the wrong direction.

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Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

House Republicans are proposing a massive tax giveaway to millionaire estates while cutting nutrition assistance that would cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals

Some congressional leaders are still advancing policies that threaten to exclude low-income families and people of color from the social safety net.

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Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

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Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

House and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

What the LGBT Community Needs to Know About the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2015

article icon Fact Sheet This fact sheet explains the Earned Income Tax Credit and how proposed modifications to improve its effectiveness can benefit the LGBT community.

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The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social Security

article icon Issue Brief Rising earnings inequality, which has led to an upward redistribution of income, has taken a significant toll on Social Security’s financial outlook.

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