Family Economic Security

Economic stability is one of the more important determinants of a child's well-being. We believe making sure families have the supports they need to work for livable wages and climb out of poverty is one of the biggest keys to improving the lives of children.

Minimum Wage Goes Up to $7.25 Today

The federal minimum wage increases today to $7.25 per hour. The increase is expected to boost the wages of about 4.5 million workers nationally, providing an additional $1.6 billion annually in increased wages. In Wisconsin, the increase will boost the wages of an estimated 196,000 workers. Nationally, about one-fourth of the people whose wages will […]

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Joint Finance Budget Includes W-2 Improvements

The Joint Finance Committee’s version of the 2009-2011 state budget, approved early Friday morning, includes a number of improvements to the state’s W-2 program. The omnibus motion which contains those parts of the budget – and others – can be accessed at Here’s a short summary of what was approved related to W-2: 1. […]

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FoodShare Gets a Boost from Federal Stimulus Package

Effective yesterday (April 1), Wisconsin is receiving a significant increase in federal funds for the FoodShare program. The boost stems from passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known federal stimulus package. Program participants will see an increase in their benefits, and more families will be eligible as well. For Wisconsinites who […]

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