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.

Food Stamp Photo ID Plan is Costly and Impractical

Imagine if the state issued just one driver’s license per family and continued to prohibit people from driving without a state-issued driver’s license. Needless to say, state lawmakers wouldn’t subject themselves and their families to that sort of extremely problematic approach to requiring a photo ID for driving.  Yet a bill that got a public […]

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How Program Investments Provide Stability for Families and Hope for Children

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a KIDS COUNT ® Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, which highlights a way to better measure poverty than the traditional Federal Poverty Measure.  The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) takes into account more updated information about what it takes to meet basic family needs […]

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The Growing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Household Wealth

It probably comes as no surprise that there are substantial disparities in wealth between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics.  However, figures released last week by the Census Bureau drives home the point by documenting the extent of those disparities and showing how the gaps have been growing over the past decade. As I wrote in today’s […]

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Why We Need to Revive the Federal Unemployment Benefits

It’s very seldom that I find myself in agreement with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  Thus, it was a big surprise to find that we see eye to eye regarding the importance of extending or reinstating federal unemployment benefits, which are set to expire at the end of this week (on December 28th). Michael Strain […]

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