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House Should Reject Backwards Child Tax Credit Bill

Chuck Marr | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

The full House next week will consider the Ways and Means Committee's recently passed Child Tax Credit bill. A recent Tax Policy Center analysis confirms our previous critical assessments of the proposal, finding that it would make many relatively affluent people better off while making low-income working families poorer.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

Lee Tax Reform Plan's Disappointing Details

Chuck Marr | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

In high-profile speeches on tax reform, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has called forcefully for expanding opportunity and helping parents raising children.  Unfortunately, the tax reform plan he recently detailed falls far short of his stated goals.

Camp Plan Hits Many Working Poor Families Hard, Taking $2,000 From Minimum Wage Mother

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax plan would produce winners and losers -- and among the big losers are many families in which parents are struggling to raise their children on poverty wages.

An Anti-Immigrant Attack Under the Guise of "Fiscal Responsibility"

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Cristina Jiménez

Sen. Ayotte cannot have it both ways -- voting for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and then turning around and offering legislation that would attack poor immigrant children.

Low Expectations But High Hopes Remain for Action in 2014

National Council of La Raza | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

To truly rein in the income gap, reduce significant health disparities, fix our immigration system, and ensure that all children have access to a quality, affordable education, we need our government working together.

One Anti-Poverty Initiative Both Sides Can Agree On

Chuck Marr | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

While liberals and conservatives differ sharply in assessing the War on Poverty,[1] they seem to agree that we must do more to help low-income childl...

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

Senator Kelly Ayotte Proposes Tax Hike Targeting 4 Million Low-Income Latino Kids

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Ayotte's measure would only impact the undocumented immigrant community, a supposedly powerless, forlorn group that cannot respond to direct attacks from self-interested politicians and their right-wing sponsors.

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.

Preparing for a Child: A Financial Checklist

SaveUp | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
SaveUp

There are so many things to consider when having a baby! Here is financial checklist to get you started.

2013: Happy New Year!

Harlan Green | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Real (after inflation) U.S. Gross Domestic Product is up 2.5 percent from its pre-recession highs, with only China's growth rate higher since the Great Recession. This is in spite of various catastrophic events -- such as Hurricane Sandy and the debt ceiling debate yet to come.

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.

The Better Base Case

Edward D. Kleinbard | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Edward D. Kleinbard

By buying down tax rates from the bottom up, the savings are shared equally. Where would the final balance between spending cuts and tax hikes come out, and which spending programs would be curtailed?

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.

Be Careful What You Cut

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right before the U.S. House of Representatives left for the summer to go home to campaign for your vote, they voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans millionaires and billionaires.

Republican Budget Is an Immoral Document

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.

Michael McAuliff

Obama's Tax Cut Plan Voted Down In House

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives made its election-year arguments Wednesday in the tax-cut battle roiling Capitol Hill, rejecting a plan to ...

A Clown Question on The DISCLOSE Act From Ruben Navarrette

Kristian Ramos | Posted 09.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Kristian Ramos

While on the Senate floor Senator Reid recently noted, "If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they just bought the country."

With Nothing to Lose, Declining Net Worth Means Little to Asset-poor Families

Andrea Levere | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Andrea Levere

New data on household wealth paints a disturbing portrait of the decline in net worth for American families. But those numbers only tell part of the story -- the story of households with actual assets to lose.

GOP Eyes Food Stamp Cuts To Avoid Big Military Cutback

Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans controlling the House are eying big cuts to food stamps as they piece together leg...

Janell Ross

Why She Doesn't Pay Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 04.17.2012 | Money

Expecting a long wait and a large tax bill, Sonia Figueroa walked into the New York Food Pantry's temporary tax preparation site in West Harlem with a...