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The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

Protesters block trafficWith the right policy choices, we can move the needle on poverty, expand the middle class, and put the American economy on an upward trajectory.

by Rebecca Vallas and Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Family cooking bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

by Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility

family pantry article icon Issue Brief It is long past due to reform asset limits for safety net programs that work at odds with the goals of family economic security and mobility.

by Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?

FergusonPerhaps the turmoil playing out in the Show Me State will serve to highlight the still unaddressed inequities hamstringing this nation and point a way forward for all of us.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities

constructionForty years after the Community Development Block Grant was established, the program continues to serve as an important tool in helping communities across the country tackle emerging challenges in affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development.

by Tracey Ross | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time for a 21st Century Social Contract

working mother bars icon 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.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, and Shawn Fremstad | Monday, August 11, 2014

Reimagining Our Social Contract: The Safety Net Is Social Insurance for All Americans

food bankWhen 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.

by Melissa Boteach | Monday, August 11, 2014

How Overtime Reform Will Grow the Economy from the Middle Out

Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurantModernizing overtime rules would kickstart our economy in the short term and help us invest in human capital in the long term.

by Brendan Duke | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda

Job seekers attend a job fair.As Congress explores strategies for boosting economic security and mobility, subsidized jobs are an effective tool for employing those left behind by the labor market.

by Rachel West | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Improving Economic Opportunity

article icon 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.

by Melissa Boteach and Megan Martin | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ryan Budget in Sheep’s Clothing?

Paul Ryan speechHouse 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.

by Melissa Boteach and Rebecca Vallas | Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Speech Rep. Ryan Should Give

Rep. Paul RyanIf 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.

by Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Missing the Point

Chief Illiniwek performs book_alt2 icon Report The harmful impacts of the Washington football team’s name are part of a much larger problem in our country, and one in which local, state, and federal education agencies can make a difference.

by Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

One Storm Shy of Despair

book_alt2 icon Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.

by Cathleen Kelly and Tracey Ross | Thursday, July 17, 2014