Yellen Makes the Case for Reducing Inequality

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October 24, 2014

“The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concerns me. The past several decades have seen the most sustained rise in inequality since the 19th century after more than 40 years of narrowing inequality following the Great Depression. By some estimates, income and wealth inequality are near their highest levels Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Economy, Education and Youth Policy, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22

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October 23, 2014

This post was originally published on the Half in Ten Education Fund’s TalkPoverty blog on October 22. Quality, affordable child care is not only right and necessary to prepare children to learn; it’s also needed if low-income working parents are to have a shot at working their way out of poverty. Our nation’s funding source that Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education

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Fact of the Week: The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Programs for Children

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October 22, 2014

Children remain the age group most disproportionately poor in our country – roughly one out of five children in the U.S. is poor – and the statistics are far worse for children of color and children in cities, where the numbers are closer to one out of three. We know that children who grow up Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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The Intersection of Poverty and Domestic Violence

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October 16, 2014

We know that poverty disproportionately affects women and single moms. In 2013, nearly 16 percent of women and nearly 40 percent of families with children headed by a woman lived in poverty, higher than their male counterparts. We know that women who are poor are more likely to suffer from health problems and are more likely Read More »

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Fact of the Week: Millions of People are Lifted Out of Poverty by Programs Like Social Security, Low-income Tax Credits, and SNAP/Food Stamps

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October 16, 2014

More than 48 million people were poor in the U.S. in 2013. But if Social Security did not exist, more than 75 million people would have been poor. Most of us have elderly parents or other relatives for whom Social Security is an absolutely essential part of their monthly budget. A new report by the Read More »

Categories: Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Unemployment Insurance

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Head Smacker: Voter ID Laws Further Silence Those Whose Voices Need to Be Heard the Most

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October 15, 2014

“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is not actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burden.” – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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Poverty in the 50 Biggest U.S. Cities

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October 10, 2014

As we noted in our Head Smacker last week, poverty is rampant in cities across America. And poverty among children in cities is even higher. We did a little more digging on this subject and, using recently-released Census Bureau data for 2013, put together a table showing poverty in the 50 biggest cities in the Read More »

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Head Smacker: U.S. Corporate Profits at All-Time Highs; Taxes at All-Time Lows. But Key Leaders Say We Need to Cut Corporate Taxes

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October 9, 2014

An interesting confluence of findings in the last couple of days. First, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected economic growth in the U.S. would exceed other major developed nations next year, predicting, as reported in the New York Times, we would “advance ahead of many large economies, not just in terms of growth but also Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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Fact of the Week: Those with Less Give More

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October 8, 2014

While millions of Americans struggled through the Great Recession and in the years that followed, the need seen by charities was higher than ever. Many charities experienced a decline in donations during these years. However, those who struggled the most found a way to dig even deeper into their pockets and increase their charitable giving Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income, Social Services

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You Won’t Believe How Little $8.25 an Hour Buys

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October 7, 2014

This post was originally published on Oxfam America’s First Person blog on Sept. 29. For my hard-working family and friends who earn just above the U.S. minimum wage, a paycheck doesn’t go very far. My daughter struck it lucky when she landed a job for $8.25 an hour at the local movie theater. They pay 25 Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage

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