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A Landmark Year for Important Policy

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.

The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called "the pope of the poor." But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation -- the world's largest economy.

Five Ways to Honor the American Worker this Labor Day

Carla Javits | Posted 09.05.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

The essence of this special day is about acknowledging the strength, skill, persistence and even artistry demonstrated every time any job is done well. It's something we too readily forget in a world that seems to be more and more dominated by fame, fortune and reality television.

Tax Tips for Dads

Mark Steber | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Whether you are crawling on the floor with your new baby or walking into the real world with your college graduate, here are a few pointers on how to save some money come tax time.

Michigan Republican's Lies Hurt the Working Poor

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Towards the end of his first year in office, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder suggested the changes he and the Republican-led legislature had made were necessary for the good of the state, but that these changes also represented "shared sacrifice."

Voting 'No' on Proposal 1 Is Good for Michigan

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

There is little doubt that Michigan needs much of what Proposal 1 offers, but enough is enough. Liberals need to stop taking what they can get and start demanding what they deserve, and the only way to make sure that happens is to replace as many of the corporate-sponsored Republicans as possible. Voting "no" on Proposal 1 is the first step.

Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The fact that the people voters tasked with making the tough decisions are so afraid of losing their jobs that they would put the desires of a fringe "no new taxes" group ahead of the needs of their constituents suggests that the real problem here is not road or education funding but a complete and total failure of leadership.

It's Time to Queer Our Taxes

Meghan Maury | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

While more states are recognizing same-sex couples' right to marry, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to secure social justice for all. Ensuring that our families are recognized by the federal tax code is a queer issue. Updating our tax code must remain a key component of advancing freedom, equality, and justice for LGBTQ people.

Make Tax Day Work for You

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.31.2015 | Money
Jim Gibbons

We all know that many hard-working families and individuals could use a financial boost in this still-tough economy. Millions of Americans can get just that by taking advantage of the tax credits and free filing services available to them.

Cutting Vital Tax Credits for Working Families Will Put Our Nation's Children at Risk

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

The Latino community will remember that the interests of more than 4 million of its children were sacrificed so a few politicians could pander to extremists. We hope candidates remember this episode in 2016, when they experience a record turnout of Hispanic voters.

Congress, Invest in the Vital Power of VITA

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Stacey D. Stewart

Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), volunteers become IRS-certified tax preparers and provide qualifying individuals and families with free, accurate assistance in filing federal tax returns. Fortunately, Congress has a history of supporting this successful public-private partnership.

SO MUCH WASTE: U.S. Sets Terrible New Record For Questionable Payments

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies set a new record for improper payments last year, shelling out $125 billion in questionable benefits after years ...

At Long Last, Latino Employment Bounces Back

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Latinos and other communities are finally benefitting from the protracted economic recovery. We need to secure this still-fragile recovery among communities of color by maximizing what they can earn, create, and contribute to further benefit our economy and the well-being of all Americans.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

Voodoo Trickle Down Be Damned

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Reaganomics, the plot to appease the rich and condemn the rest, got its comeuppance last week in President Obama's State of the Union speech. The president asked: "Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?"

Youth Employment: A Pathway to Economic Growth and Better Lives

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.

2015 -- Happy New Year, Happy Tax Fitness!

Mark Steber | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

One of my resolutions is to help as many people as possible achieve one of the most common resolutions American's make: financial fitness. Was it on your list or should it have been?

A Handout Is a Hand Up

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That's of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it casts a long shadow on The American Dream.

GOP 'Payback' to White Working Class That Voted Them in: Cut Earned Income Tax and Child Tax Credit

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

President Obama does something Republicans don't like on immigration, and their idea of payback is to stick it to working-class Americans who have kids, most of whom -- when we are talking about whites -- just voted to make them the majority party in both the House and the Senate.

Letting Tax-Credit Provisions Expire Would Push Millions Into Poverty

Chuck Marr | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Chuck Marr

As Republicans and Democrats look for areas where they can work together, they should be able to agree to make permanent three key provisions of two pro-work tax credits: the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

This is not to argue against minimum wage increases as much as to argue that this remedy must not be substituted for reforms at deeper levels.

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The question is, are we investing in the right places?

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.