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Poverty Reduction Is Key to Improving the Economy

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Half in Ten, a campaign seeking to cut poverty in half over the next ten years, is holding a series of briefings to highlight the connection between reducing poverty and growing the economy.At the first briefing, Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, addressed why policies aimed at poverty … Read More

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Senate Passes FAA Bill without FedEx Labor Fix

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Senate passed the $34.5 billion Federal Aviation and Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act this week without a provision that would provide FedEx Express drivers and other ground employees with greater ability to form unions and protect their rights as workers.The final passage of FAA reauthorization in the Senate came after Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, … Read More

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President Obama Signs Jobs Bill; Groups Call for More Comprehensive Legislation

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today, President Obama signed a jobs bill into law. Many experts believe the $18 billion bill, which includes tax breaks for small businesses, will have limited effect on the nation’s unemployment and underemployment rates, but nonetheless think it’s an important first step toward more federal action to address the jobs crisis.Civil rights groups have been … Read More

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TANF Reauthorization Would Help Low-Income People Gain Long-Term Employment

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Women’s groups, including 9to5, the American Association of University Women, and Legal Momentum, are calling on Congress to reauthorize and reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to provide low-income women and families struggling to meet basic needs with adequate assistance and educational opportunities that lead to long-term employment.  TANF replaced the Aid … Read More

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Census Bureau Develops a More Accurate Poverty Measure

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Census Bureau announced yesterday that it will be developing a supplementary poverty measure that will provide a fuller, more accurate picture of economic trends and poverty in the United States.  The new measure will be released in the fall of 2011.A poverty threshold is the minimum level of income deemed necessary to achieve an … Read More

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