Witness Wednesday: Voices of the Unemployed

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June 19, 2014

“I am a single father of two small children, a boy who is 5 and a little girl who is 3…. I have worked hard my entire life and have never been afraid of hard work but … it’s very hard to find work…. Unemployment isn’t something that people are asking for because they are Read More »

Categories: Economy, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Unemployment Insurance

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Why have we started this new blog, Voices for Human Needs?

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June 16, 2014

Every day we see the good that comes from investing in people.  We want to celebrate the achievements of Gena and her mother.  Gena’s mom was kicked out of her parents’ home and wound up in abusive relationships.  “Home life was chaotic and scary,” writes Gena for Our American Story, “but then my mom enrolled Read More »

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Head Smacker: Congress Allows Overseas Tax Havens to Dodge $90 Billion a Year

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June 16, 2014

  Congress lets corporations use overseas tax havens to dodge $90 billion in taxes each year.  But it refuses to extend unemployment insurance for more than 3 million workers? When a five-story office building in the Cayman Islands is the official address of 18,857 companies, it’s a pretty good hint that something fishy is going Read More »

Categories: Economy, Labor and Employment, Tax Policy, Unemployment Insurance

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Fact of the Week: Education vs. Hedge Fund Managers

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June 16, 2014

Last year, the 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers in the United States made a total of $21.15 billion – about 2.5 times as much as all the kindergarten teachers in America combined. (New York Times, Vox) In addition to the massive earnings, these hedge fund managers pay taxes at the lower tax rate applied to investments Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Tax Policy

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You Say Potato: Congress Mashes it up Over WIC Food Package

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June 16, 2014

You may have thought you’d heard it all when it comes to what Congress will choose to fight about, but that was before the Great Potato Fight of 2014. In the process of moving forward FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bills over the past month, members of both the House and Senate have been drawn into the debate Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition

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