By enhancing the Child Tax Credit, policymakers can substantially reduce child poverty, increase family economic security, and invest in our nation’s next generation. Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.
Raising the minimum wage and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit would not only boost income for struggling workers but also save American communities billions of dollars each year by reducing crime.
Boosting the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependent children would result in a societal benefit of $1.7 billion to $3.3 billion each year from reduced crime and enhanced public safety alone.
This video tells LaQuita's story of how unemployment insurance helped make ends meet for her and her family and shows why the program needs to be strengthened.
Given how central homes and communities are to people’s lives, federal and local leaders must work to ensure low-income families live in environments that are conducive to their success.
By taking steps to strengthen their unemployment insurance programs, states can better protect working families against joblessness, increase workforce participation, and prepare their economies to face the next recession.
A new proposal would update unemployment insurance and establish a Jobseeker’s Allowance. Its recommendations would strengthen the nation’s workforce development system, protect families from unemployment, and fortify the American economy against the next recession.
By modernizing the unemployment insurance system and establishing a Jobseeker’s Allowance, the United States can promote employment, increase economic security for working families, and prepare the economy for the next recession.
Progressive policies offer the best solutions to tackle widespread economic instability and restore the American dream.
Evidence-based policymaking should not become a buzzword to justify cuts to programs for struggling families.
A new study documenting the growing life expectancy gap by income is the latest in a long line of research showing that raising the Social Security retirement age is the wrong approach.
Leaders at the local and state levels should follow the examples of successful community initiatives to improve the U.S. food system.
Minimum standards for education and ethics would improve accuracy and transparency while protecting taxpayers.
Poverty in America is not inevitable. Simply by making different budgetary choices, policymakers could greatly reduce poverty and boost opportunity.
House Republicans must embrace these policies if they are serious about tackling poverty and paving pathways to the middle class.