Category Archives: Economic Justice

Urge the Senate Not to Fast Track Fast Track

From the Citizens Trade Campaign (http://www.citizenstrade.org): U.S. trade policy could be a means of promoting economic justice, human rights, healthy communities and a sound environment — but not if Congress provides a Fast Track rubber-stamp to corporate trade deals like … Continue reading

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Support the Low Income Housing Tax Credit

From Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (http://www.housingalliancepa.org/): The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is America’s main tool for creating and preserving affordable homes for low income households, including working families, veterans, people with special needs, and seniors.  Since its creation in … Continue reading

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Nearly One in Four Children in the U.S. is Served by the Federal Child Support Program

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/05/20/fact-of-the-week-nearly-one-in-four-children-in-the-u-s-is-served-by-the-federal-child-support-program/#.VV37sPlViko By Deborah Weinstein May 20, 2015 In Idaho, the proportion of children relying on Child Support Services is even higher – 28 percent. Many in the state learned that the hard way this week, as Idaho’s state legislature held … Continue reading

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The 2015 National Housing Wage is $19.35

From the National Low Income Housing Coalition (http://www.nlihc.org): NLIHC Releases Latest Out of Reach Report and Launches New Interactive Website Today, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Out of Reach 2015. The report finds that nationally the housing … Continue reading

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Proposal Would Block Inverted Companies from Receiving Government Contracts

Posted at http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/proposal-would-block-inverted-companies-receiving-government-contracts by Jessica Schieder, 5/8/2015 Corporations that have reclassified themselves as “foreign-owned” received approximately $1 billion in federal contracts over the last five years. These companies profit from American tax dollars despite avoiding U.S. taxes themselves. That could … Continue reading

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Reforming TANF – Proposals that Would Help (and Hurt) Recipients

Posted at http://www.chn.org/human_needs_report/chn-reforming-tanf-proposals-that-would-help-and-hurt-recipients/#.VV3plflVikp May 19, 2015 On April 30, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing on reforming the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Due for reauthorization in 2010, the TANF block grant has instead … Continue reading

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“Missing” Black Men Due to High Incarceration and Mortality Rates

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): One and a half million black men between the ages of 25-54 are missing from daily life due primarily to imprisonment and early deaths according to a recent analysis by The New York Times. For … Continue reading

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How the Achievement Gap Has Cost Pennsylvania Dozens of Billions of Dollars

Posted at https://thirdandstate.org/2015/may/how-achievement-gap-has-cost-pennsylvania-dozens-billions-dollars Posted by Waslala Miranda on May 15, 2015 11:56 am On May 6, researchers showed how the achievement gap and underlying inequality in Pennsylvania schools held back academic and economic performance and how resolving those problems would allow … Continue reading

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What Portion of Our Collective Wealth Are We Willing to Invest So That People Can Succeed?

By Deborah Weinstein May 15, 2015 This post was originally published by The Huffington Post on May 14, 2015.  That is the question President Obama posed at a Georgetown University Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty on May 12.  It was a fascinating discussion … Continue reading

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A Primer on Property Tax Relief in Pennsylvania

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Homestead Exemption vs. Millage Rate Cuts: Who Benefits Most Under Which Type of Relief Seniors and other taxpayers who own modestly priced homes benefit more from the homestead exemption than they would … Continue reading

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