Americans Low Savings Rate A Bad Sign for Good Economy

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May 4, 2015

This post was originally published on The Fiscal Times on April 26. We’re supposed to be enjoying an economic recovery since the Great Recession of 2008-2009 – yet many economists have questioned whether the last five years have been much of a “recovery.” Judging from the mood of the American people and their personal financial Read More »

Categories: Economy, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Social Security

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Raise the Wage Act Would Help Millions of Working Families

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April 30, 2015

Below is the Coalition on Human Needs’ statement supporting the Murray-Scott legislation to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour. For sample tweets (with key facts) and graphics you can share with your networks to show support for this legislation, see this related blog post. Coalition on Human Needs Celebrates Introduction of Raise the Wage Act; Calls on Read More »

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TANF’s Not Alright

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April 30, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Today, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources is holding a hearing about Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Below you’ll find a very timely post by Indi Dutta-Gupta and Kali Grant, both of Georgetown University’s Project on Deep Poverty. The hearing is titled “Ideas for Improve Welfare Programs to Help More Families Read More »

Categories: Income Support, Poverty and Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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Raise the Wage Act would increase minimum wage to $12 by 2020

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April 29, 2015

Please join us for a #RaiseTheWage Twitterstorm on Thursday, April 30th, 1-2 pm ET, in support of the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020. Tomorrow the Raise the Wage Act will be introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA). The Read More »

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Human Needs Report: Closing in on a joint budget resolution, CHIP extension, Estate Tax Repeal and more

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April 28, 2015

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, our regular newsletter on national policy issues affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. This edition includes articles on the latest steps in the FY2016 congressional budget resolutions process, the beginning of appropriations season, CHIP extension, and the House repeal of the Estate Tax. See below for the full analysis and Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Tax Policy

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When a Paycheck Isn’t Enough

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April 23, 2015

 “When jobs don’t pay enough, workers turn to public assistance in order to meet their basic needs. These programs provide vital support to millions of working families whose employers pay less than a livable wage.” – The High Public Cost of Low Wages Public assistance programs are indeed vital to working families. In fact, nearly Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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A Town Hall with Substance!

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April 23, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Richelle Friedman, CHN’s Director of Public Policy, attended a town hall meeting held by Senator Bernie Sanders. Her reflections on the event are below.] An enthusiastic crowd of 150 gathered at a church in northwest DC to hear from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), described by one attendee as a ‘different kind of politician.’ He’d Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Health, Medicaid, Poverty and Income

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Head Smacker: House Gives Millions of Dollars More to Wealthiest 5,000 Families

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April 17, 2015

Yesterday, the House voted (270-179) to give millions of dollars more to heirs of the wealthiest estates in America and to add the $269 billion cost of doing so to our growing deficit, all while continuing to claim they care about poverty reduction, inequality, and reducing our debt. By repealing the estate tax, the House Read More »

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Your voice is needed: Sign by April 15 to tell Congress to #StopTheCuts

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April 13, 2015

Sign to tell Congress to vote for investments, not wasteful spending. The Senate and House are making critical budget decisions that will deeply affect all Americans in 2016. All members of Congress need to hear from constituents before April 15 that cuts to programs that help Americans are not acceptable. The U.S. House and Senate Read More »

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Care about inequality?

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April 10, 2015

Do you think a tax change that would provide $269 billion to estates of millionaires and billionaires over the next decade would worsen or lessen inequality? Next week, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill (H.R. 1105) to repeal the estate tax, to give $269 billion to the 2 out of 1,000 estates Read More »

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