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

Sen. MurrayIn 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.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

playgroundInstead 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.

by Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

disabled workerProposed 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.

by Rebecca Vallas | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

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

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, April 13, 2015

How Congress Is Supporting Inequality in Its FY 2016 Budget Proposals

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

by Jamal Hagler | Monday, March 30, 2015

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

San Francisco skyline sunset 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.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program and the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

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

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015

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.

by the Center for American Progress and the National LGBTQ Task Force | Monday, February 23, 2015

The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social Security

Social Security Act signing 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.

by Rebecca Vallas, Christian E. Weller, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st Century

Work book_alt2 icon 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.

by Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach | Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

worker with a disability article icon Issue Brief There are several practical solutions that would remove barriers to employment, economic security, and upward mobility for workers with disabilities.

by Rebecca Vallas, Shawn Fremstad, Lisa Ekman | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valuing All Our Families

father and daughter book_alt2 icon Report Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children.

by Shawn Fremstad and Melissa Boteach | Monday, January 12, 2015

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones

Baltimore book_alt2 icon Report State leaders can adopt the Promise Zones model to support innovative localities as they work to address concentrated poverty.

by Tracey Ross and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Strike and You’re Out

man climbs stairs book_alt2 icon Report A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

by Rebecca Vallas and Sharon Dietrich | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote

voting boothsWhen voters who are young, minorities, or low income are excluded from the national conversation, it is no wonder that they do not make it out to the polls on Election Day.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, November 6, 2014