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Center for American Progress | 2014

The Middle-Class Squeeze: A Picture of Stagnant Incomes, Rising Costs, and What We Can Do to Strengthen America’s Middle Class

The middle-class share of national income has fallen, middle-class wages are stagnant, and the middle class in the United States is no longer the world’s wealthiest.

But income is only one side of the story. The cost of being in the middle class—and of maintaining a middle-class standard of living—is rising fast too. For fundamental needs such as child care and health care, costs have risen...

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Categories: General Resources
Video | | 2014

Changing the Financial Security Conversation In Mississippi

This video looks at the work done by the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi to help low-to-moderate income Mississippians identify economic challenges and build financial security.

The video highlights the coalition's program areas -- which includes: financial literacy, housing, predatory lending, and business development -- and takes a deeper look at how the coalition strives to empower...

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Categories: General Resources
Webinar | | 2014

WEBINAR - Location, Location, Location The Role Neighborhoods Play in Family Wealth and Well

This webinar, by PolicyLink, IASP, and NFHA discusses how policy can help create a fairer distribution of opportunity by neighborhood.

The webinar focused on the recent IASP brief, "Location, Location, Location: The Role Neighborhoods Play in Family Wealth and Well-Being."

This brief delineates between high opportunity and low opportunity neighborhoods, explains the disparities in neighborhood...

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Categories: Taxes
Presentation | PolicyLink, CFED, Assets Funder Network | 2014

PowerPoint: Who Benefits from Federal Tax Subsidies

A national discussion is underway about the causes and effects of income and wealth inequality, including recent attention to the role of the U.S. tax code. The federal tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as “tax expenditures” because they are a form of spending through the tax code. Of these subsidies, more than half a trillion, $540...

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Categories: General Resources
Institute on Assets and Social Policy | 2014

Employment Capital: How Work Builds and Protects Family Wealth and Security

The second report in the Leveraging Mobility series, “Employment Capital: How Work Builds and Protects Family Wealth and Security,” suggests the link between employment and building wealth goes far beyond the paycheck.  Drawing on the lived experiences of families, this report adds a critical new understanding of the connection between work and wealth.

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Howard Law Journal | 2014

Growing Inequality and Racial Economic Gaps

Although it is unlikely that the legal system can serve as a primary tool to reduce economic inequality in any substantial way, there are a number of legal strategies and initiatives that lawyers and legal organizations, including law schools, could pursue in an effort to increase economic equality and security for many Americans, including for many persons of color.

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Effective Communications for the Financial Security Field

Though the issues of wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap have steadily gained media attention in the last few years, they still remain challenging concepts to clearly and succinctly communicate to the public. However, chances are you have strong evidence-based solutions and stories to tell about the problems confronting real people struggling to improve their economic circumstances....

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Categories: General Resources
Video | 2014

Changing the Financial Security Conversation In Mississippi

This video looks at the work done by the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi to help low-to-moderate income Mississippians identify economic challenges and build financial security.

The video highlights the coalition's program areas -- which includes: financial literacy, housing, predatory lending, and business development -- and takes a deeper look at how the coalition strives to empower...

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PolicyLink | 2014

Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates

In recent years a national discussion has been underway about the causes and effects of growing inequality, but one cause that has received little attention is the role of the U.S. tax code. The individual tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as tax expenditures because, like spending programs, they provide financial assistance to...

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Reports | 2014

Building an Equitable Tax Code: A Primer for Advocates

In recent years a national discussion has been underway about the causes and effects of growing inequality, but one cause that has received little attention is the role of the U.S. tax code. The individual tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as tax expenditures because, like spending programs, they provide financial assistance to...

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Categories: Asset Preservation
| 2013

Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online with Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP

Virtually all states have made basic program information on the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs — SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and child care assistance — available to the public via the Internet. This paper provides...

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| 2013

A Winning Proposition: Creating Economic Opportunities Through the State Lottery

This report discusses the opportunity for a state government backed prize-linked savings product offered through the lottery channel. The paper looks at how this product can make the case for the role of government in savings, the potential of the lottery channel for offering such a product, the impact of a lottery-based savings ticket on consumers, and how such a product could be offered to...

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An Overview of the Nonprofit Foreclosure Counseling Industry in Philadelphia

This paper provides a high-level overview of the state of the nonprofit foreclosure counseling industry in Philadelphia in the wake of the housing crash. The report includes information on the industry’s funding levels and sources, details what agencies must do to access the available funding, and summarizes the results of a survey on the challenges that counseling agencies face. Areas for...

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