Category Archives: Economic Justice

Time for Three Strikes and You’re Out for Banks?

From the Center for Effective Government (http://www.foreffectivegov.org): by Katherine McFate, 6/17/2015 In the United States, when individuals are convicted of felonies, they lose many rights and are often jailed. Forty-eight states ban felons from voting while they are in prison, and 11 … Continue reading

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Fewer Than 1 in 4 Households Eligible for Housing Assistance Get It, But Congress Cuts Assistance Even More—and How You Can Speak Out

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/06/26/head-smacker-fewer-than-1-in-4-households-eligible-for-housing-assistance-get-it-but-congress-cuts-assistance-even-more/#.VZKvqflViko By Lecia Imbery June 26, 2015 Fewer than 1 in 4 low-income households who qualify for housing assistance receives it due to lack of funds, but that didn’t stop the House of Representatives from cutting housing assistance even more. Earlier … Continue reading

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Urge Your PA Senator to Pass HB 792, PA’s Housing Trust Fund, Now

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): SB 566 to expand the Housing Trust Fund statewide passed 49-0! AMAZING!!!  First HB 792 passed the PA House UNANIMOUSLY, now the Senate passes SB 566, its companion bill UNANIMOUSLY. BUT, this vote does … Continue reading

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Study: Raising Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Shouldn’t Hurt Employment

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-06-25/livable-wages-working-families/study-raising-pennsylvanias-minimum-wage-shouldnt-hurt-employment/a46849-1 June 25, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and new economic research suggests that … Continue reading

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New Report on Wage Theft in PA

The Sheller Center at Temple released an important new report on Wage Theft in PA called “Shortchanged.” It’s the first comprehensive study that defines the scope of the problem and its results are startling:  every week, PA workers lose between … Continue reading

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Learn About “Life Under $10.10” and How Low Wage Workers Survive

From Working Families (http://workingfamilies.org/states/pennsylvania/): PA Working Families is launching a website called “Life Under $10.10″(http://lifeunder1010.com/) which tells stories of PA workers from various regions who make less than $10.10. Our hope is that this website will help publicize the stories … Continue reading

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Urge Your PA Senator to Support PA’s Housing Trust Fund

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): We’re in the home stretch. Now is the time when leadership in the General Assembly decides which bills move to the Governor’s desk and which stay behind. Your voice can help ensure that the … Continue reading

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13 Million Dads Benefit from Low-Income Tax Credits

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/06/19/fact-of-the-week-13-million-dads-benefit-from-low-income-tax-credits/#.VYQ-TvlViko By Lecia Imbery June 19, 2015 For Mother’s Day, our Fact of the Week highlighted the 21 million moms who benefit from low-income tax credits. We didn’t want to leave out dads, so this week’s fact is about them. … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Struggle with Unexpected Expense of $400

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/06/12/fact-of-the-week-nearly-half-of-americans-would-struggle-with-unexpected-expense-of-400/#.VYRAQvlViko By Lecia Imbery Forty-seven percent of Americans either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400 or would have to borrow money or sell something to cover it, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve System. The picture … Continue reading

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Urge Congress to Protect Critical Human Needs Programs

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): On June 18th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies prepared to mark up its FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, but proposed funding levels … Continue reading

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