Struggling to Eat in the Dog Days of Summer

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August 11, 2014

For most kids, summer vacation means it’s time to relax, play outside, head to camp, and enjoy the sunshine. But for children who receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the end of school takes on a different meaning. It could mean being hungry and going without food. During the Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition

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Bridges to Economic Opportunity: Why We Need Transportation Equity

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August 8, 2014

We’ve talked on this blog about minimum wage, paid leave, and other human needs programs that affect low-income workers and people with disabilities. One area we haven’t talked about yet that also impacts the ability of these populations to get good jobs and improve their situations is transportation. Let’s change that now. Convenient access to Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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Head Smacker: Minimum Wage Workers Forced to Rely on Public Subsidies While Their Employers Make Billions

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August 6, 2014

Last Thursday, a group of minimum wage earners and supporters gathered on the steps of the Capitol to urge Members of Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Many at the rally brought spare pairs of shoes with them as a symbol of their challenge to Congress to walk in the shoes of Read More »

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Fact of the Week: More U.S. Cities Have Made it Illegal to Be Homeless

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August 5, 2014

A report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released in July shows a disturbing trend in cities across America – the passage of laws that, in effect, make it illegal to be homeless. And the number of cities that are criminalizing many of the activities that homeless people do daily in public Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness

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Head Smacker: Professor Epstein Wants People to be Able to Take Jobs at 2 Cents an Hour

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July 31, 2014

There is a growing support for raising the minimum wage. In fact, 22 states and the District of Columbia have already enacted increases above the federal $7.25 per hour. But that view is not shared by Richard Epstein, professor of law at NYU. He was on the PBS NewsHour on July 28. Here’s his exchange Read More »

Categories: Minimum Wage

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Fact of the Week: Americans Want US to Give Shelter and Support to Child Refugees

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July 31, 2014

A new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute sheds some light on what the U.S. public thinks about the child refugee crisis happening along the country’s southern borders. When asked what the U.S. should do about the children who are currently arriving from Central America without their parents, 70 percent of respondents say they should Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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New Q&A on the Child Refugee Crisis

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July 30, 2014

There are many questions around the current child refugee crisis, including why the children are coming, what protections for them currently exist and what would happen if these protections are taken away, why additional money is needed and when it’s needed, how the public feels about the crisis, and why more border security isn’t the Read More »

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Children Fleeing Violence Need Congress to Act Now

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July 28, 2014

In what has become a true humanitarian crisis, nearly 60,000 refugees, mostly unaccompanied children, have come to the U.S. this year alone. This Wednesday, July 30, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill to provide $2.7 billion in emergency funding to help improve their already desperate situation. The House may also take up Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Rep. Ryan’s Poverty Plan – Reactions and Resources

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July 24, 2014

Earlier today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared at an event hosted by AEI to unveil his new plan to fight poverty, “Expanding Opportunity in America.” Rep. Ryan’s plan categorizes his reforms into six different areas, a few of which we’ll discuss here. So-called “Opportunity Grants”:  First, Rep. Ryan’s plan would create an Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Income Support, Poverty and Income, Social Services

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Head Smacker: Trying to get Chairman Ryan’s poverty plan to match up with everything he has proposed up to now, and what he might be doing tomorrow

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July 24, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) gave a speech today about Expanding Opportunity in America. He talked about the need to provide individualized services to poor families, to let states try new approaches and test their outcomes, to reduce incarceration and provide services for those returning from prison, and to increase the Earned Income Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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