RESULTS advocates for tax policies that are grounded in equity and help people move out of poverty. This includes tools like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families.
As a new Hunger Fellow at RESULTS, I have been attending events and conducting research to better understand the current implications of the racial wealth gap, especially since Republicans in Congress plan on introducing tax reform legislation soon. During these panels, I learned powerful statistics about the racial wealth gap and about the social factors that impact the wealth divide.
The president released a Child Care Plan in September describing how he would supplement costs of child care. Unfortunately, this plan would benefit the wealthy and leave many low-income families without the funding to access necessary child care.
According to the narrative the world tells about people like me, I should never have graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA. I should never have been chosen as commencement speaker. I probably should never have made it to college at all.
A few years ago, I was a full-time college student working two jobs to make ends meet. My son was still a toddler. I thought I could juggle it all, but I fell behind on tuition payments and owed the university money I couldn’t pay back. I had no option but to drop out. It was devastating, and given the circumstances, I wasn’t sure if or when I’d be able to re-enroll.
This morning, the Census Bureau released its latest income and poverty data, showing that the poverty rate declined from 14.8 percent in 2014 to 13.5 percent in 2015. That means that 3.5 million fewer Americans lived in poverty in 2015. The poverty rate for children also dropped from 21.1 percent to 19.7 percent. This is encouraging news indeed. But, we cannot celebrate when 1 in 10 US households had incomes below $13,300 last year. When one in seven Americans still live below the federal poverty line (just over $24,000 for a family of four). When almost one in five American children are living in poverty.
Instead, we must act!
Prioritize tax policies that focus on working families.
Support policies that increase access to housing and reduce the racial wealth divide
Prioritize tax policies that focus on working families
Shape the Election Debate with Candidate Questions about Poverty
January 2018 Webinar Recording
January 2018 Webinar Summary
January 2018 Webinar Slides
Write Letters to Congress to Stop Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs to Pay for Tax Cuts
Guest Speaker: Laura Peralta-Schulte of NETWORK
December 2017 Webinar Recording
December 2017 Webinar Summary
December 2017 Webinar Slides
Write Letters to Congress to Stop Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs from Tax Legislation
Guest Speaker: Rafael Collazo, UnidosUS
November 2017 Webinar Recording
November 2017 Webinar Summary
November 2017 Webinar Slides
Write Letters to Protect Anti-Poverty Programs in Tax Legislation
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