USDA reports progress on child hunger, but still a long way to go to eradicate food insecurity for all Mainers and all Americans

October 28, 2015 by

Congress is currently deliberating over reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is crucial to protect school kids in Maine where the child food insecurity rate is the highest in New England.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued an encouraging update on October 26th about implementation of the bipartisan law passed in 2010.

No Kid Hungy logo‘The numbers released today . . . [reflect] the commitment by thousands of … Read the rest

Allowing working family tax credits to expire will make it more difficult for these families to make ends meet

October 22, 2015 by

Congress has the opportunity this fall to prevent key federal working family tax credits from expiring, resulting in cuts for 50 million working Americans, 16 million of whom will slip into poverty.  In Maine, these cuts to the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) and child tax credit (CTC) will affect 37,000 working families, including 64,000 children. More than 34,000 working Mainers, including 16,000 children will fall into or Read the rest

An agenda to give American families a much-needed raise

October 15, 2015 by

EPI Agenda to Raise America's Pay 10-15-2015FBOur colleagues at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) note that “wages for the vast majority of American workers have stagnated or declined since 1979—and wage stagnation’s reach has broadened over the last dozen years to include college-educated workers.” To address this extensive and growing income inequality EPI has proposed The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay. EPI identifies 11 steps for policymakers to consider:

  1. Raise the minimum wage.
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