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Earned Income Tax Credit

Latino Poverty Remains Too High Three Years Into Recovery: Latinos Want Good Jobs, Not Cuts

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.19.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Instead of helping, Congress is on the brink of enacting more job-killing budget cuts and slashing such lifelines as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps.

First Impressions of the 2012 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The good news from today's 2012 income and poverty results is that for the first year since the great recession hit, things aren't getting worse. The bad news is that three years into an economic recovery, they're not getting better either.

Honoring Grandparents Who Raise Their Grandkids

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

Ironically, even though many of these "grandfamilies" barely scrape by, they save taxpayers more than $6.5 billion each year by keeping children out of the foster care system.

What Low-Wage Workers Need Most

Robert Reich | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

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Threatening to 'Reform' the Earned Income Tax Credit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The more I hang around the DC tax debate, the more I'm exposed to deeply misguided thinking that seems largely motivated by the conviction that poor people -- in this case, the working poor -- have too much money and the wealthy have too little.

The 1 Move That Would Suddenly Pull 300,000 Workers Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business

Legislation introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives could pull hundreds of thousands of the country's working poor out of pover...

Don't Let the Senate Price Immigrants Out of Citizenship: Amendments Will Block the Road to Citizenship for Millions

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.17.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Senate bill already makes earning legal status extraordinarily difficult, lengthy, and expensive. What do we have to gain from adding unnecessary obstacles to legalization for families simply trying to come out of the shadows?

Scandal, Scandal, Scandal

Christopher Bergin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

In Washington, they throw the word scandal around with such abandon it's hard to know at any given time what it means.

To Help the Poor, Move Beyond 'Minimum' Gestures

Michael Saltsman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Michael Saltsman

Better-targeted policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) deserve the support of politicians and public figures who want to do something about poverty. It's been empirically proven to boost employment and incomes, without the unintended consequences of a wage hike.

Dilemma -- the Earned Income Tax Credit

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.

Your Budget Represents Your Values

Mike Lux | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The president has been spending the last year and a half talking about how he wants to fight for the middle class, and his budget should reflect those values. This is why it is so deeply troubling that Obama is strongly considering putting a Social Security cut into his budget document.

The Tax Break That May Benefit Your Unborn Child

Posted 02.26.2013 | Black Voices

Although a recent report showed that one in five taxpayers eligible for the the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will fail to claim it, researchers fro...

Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

You can make the most of your income by avoiding these common tax pitfalls.

Raising the Minimum Wage: The Debate Begins... Again

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Those who want to tout their preference for the EITC to lift the pay of low earners must explicitly call for an increase. In doing so, they are calling for more redistribution from taxpayers to low-income workers. I'm fine with that, but is the oped page of the WSJ?

How Effective Is the Safety Net?

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

For significant numbers of poor children and families, programs like Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit are vital, but they are not sufficient by themselves to overcome the serious multiple barriers these individuals and families can come up against.

Massive Cuts Are Coming Unless We Work Together

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It's time to end corporate welfare before forcing our most vulnerable citizens to face unnecessary cuts in programs they rely upon to survive. It's time to pull together to prepare America for the future. Together, we must be part of the fight to make that happen.

President's Critics Wrong on Cliff Deal: The White House Did Well

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Much like the NeoCon chickenhawks who urge the country to wars but never volunteer themselves, not a single critic, in Congress or out, would have suffered as the unemployed without unemployment insurance had the president not negotiated this deal.

FIve Ways Congress Just Threw Your Money Over The Cliff

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

As it has become clear that Congress will not vote on a deal in "fiscal cliff" negotiations by Monday's deadline, the automatic tax hikes and spending...

Let's Give Our Children a More Certain Future This Holiday Season

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The budget and impending sequestration clearly do not align with our children's needs, and what voters want. Kids and their families deserve better. Let's hold our lawmakers accountable. Contact your representative and tell them to keep kids off the table.

Valuing Children and Families: A 21st Century Agenda for America

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Americans very much want to restore American leadership in the world and to ensure that the next generation is better off than us. Clearly, such an agenda dictates that the place to start is by investing in and tackling the problems facing our future and our nation's children.

Why We Should Put Children and Families First During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Instead of sequestration, we must demand that policy makers develop a well-balanced plan, making critical decisions on revenue and spending that put children first!

Party of Entitled Rich Threatens Economy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans aren't talking about extending tax breaks for the 98 percent. Instead, they're threatening the economic life of the country if they don't get what they want -- tax breaks for people who don't need them.

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.

Poll: Obama Leads Romney on Children's Issues, Americans Wants Politicians to Address Our 'American Challenge'

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

By almost a 3-to-1 margin (56 to 20 percent), American voters are deeply concerned that the lives of American children have become worse over the last decade.

Romney's 47 Percent Is Not the Only Statistic That Conceals the Truth

David Paul | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
David Paul

Just as Romney's 47% number is not evidence of a massive breakdown of society, the 12% average decline in household incomes in the wake of the 2008 collapse may not actually be evidence of a widespread collapse in family incomes.