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Moms Say, "Don't Make Policy About Us, Without Us!"

Linda Meric | Posted 08.11.2016 | Women
Linda Meric

Low-income moms know the truth of how policies fail, and their knowledge is critical to change them.

Bank Tellers Deserve $15 an Hour, Too

Keith Mestrich | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

Wages are not just line items on a budget -- they are the basis of people's livelihoods. It's time to face reality. Raising bank employees' wages will be good for them, New York state, New York City, our economy and our industry.

Unmask the True 'Welfare Queens'

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 06.04.2016 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

When employers deny workers a living wage, everyone suffers. Each year, New York's taxpayers spend at least $3.3 billion on SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, and welfare for families who work but still qualify for these entitlements.

Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Absenteeism matters. It is more strongly associated with dropping out than low test scores. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. Their families may not have the ability to advocate for proper services for students with learning or physical disabilities.

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

"Raising the minimum wage is one simple and long-overdue step toward rebalancing the social contract so that the private and public sectors are more equal participants in improving living standards for American workers."

The Floor Beneath Our Feet

AVODAH | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

By Jonathan Huberman This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty. Last year, I participated in AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps in New York City, eng...

Biting the Hand That Feeds: Entitlements and the Fundamental Attribution Error

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

How can otherwise uninsurable voters proudly support candidates opposing universal healthcare? Are such voters simply unintelligent? Even more puzzling, how can voters receiving food stamps or other governmental assistance proudly claim to be "anti-government"?

Think Welfare Recipients Abuse The System? You Should See This Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism. They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simp...

Mike Duggan: Detroit Rejected or Detroit Recovered?

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 03.15.2014 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

Mayor Duggan cannot rest his laurels on mere trash pick up and snow removal. He has got to attack poverty in Detroit head on.

Restore the 1968 Minimum Wage

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Michael J. O'Neil

Why would anyone, other than businesses who profit from low wages, oppose a minimum wage increase? If one really believed that a higher minimum wage would increase unemployment, there might be a case for today's lower wages. What does the evidence show?

American Workers: From Bounty to Bleakness

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

This Thanksgiving will be very different for too many American workers. They won't share in the bounty they helped create.

The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Raising the minimum wage would pump billions of dollars of consumer spending into the American economy. And unlike the vast government subsidies to businesses, this would be at no cost to taxpayers.

The High Costs of Aging Out

Richard Buery | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Buery

Too many youth in foster care spend their 21st birthday packing their bags, finding a place to live and figuring out how they are going to pay the rent and put food in the fridge.

Thousands Of Lottery Winners Are Benefitting From Welfare, Report Reveals

Posted 04.17.2013 | Business

Thousands of lottery winners in one state are benefitting from public assistance, a new government report reveals. But many could lose those benefits ...

John Celock

State One Step Closer To Drug Testing Applicants, Lawmakers | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation that would require drug testing for members of the state Leg...

Alice Hines

Hungry Families Crowd Food Stamp Centers In NYC | Alice Hines | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

Kayla Noell was having a tough time even before the hurricane. The 21-year-old single mom uses the $526 in food stamps she receives each month to feed...

Ethical Dilemma: When Is It Time to Cut?

Aaron Hurst | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Aaron Hurst

On numerous occasions I have written to the New York Times Ethicist columnist with ethical dilemmas arising from my job and personal situations. They...

Oklahoma Politicians Vote To Drug Test Themselves

Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

By Steve Olafson Oklahoma legislators voted to subject themselves and politicians throughout the state to the same drug test they will require of ...

GOP Lawmaker Compares Food Stamp Recipients To Wild Animals

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

In a message to constituents last week, Republican Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson seemed to compare food stamp recipients to wild animals. Frans...

Janell Ross

Cashing In On Poverty: Banks Harvest Fees On Unemployment Benefits | Janell Ross | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business

Out of work and living on a $189-a-week unemployment check, Rob Linville needs to watch every penny. Lately, he has been watching too many pennies dis...

Laura Bassett

Kentucky Lawmaker: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Would Save 'Millions And Millions' | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kentucky state Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) has introduced a bill that would enforce random drug testing for all adult Kentuckians receiving welfa...

Andre Bauer, GOP Candidate: People On Public Assistance Are Like 'Stray Animals'

The State | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Saturday he could have chosen his words more carefully when he compared people who take public assistance to stray animals F...