From our friends at Half in Ten:
This morning CAP and UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment released a new report demonstrating that the nation stands to reap significant savings in federal spending on nutrition assistance programs by increasing the minimum wage.
Commissioned by the Center for American Progress and authored by economist Michael Reich and Rachel West, the report shows that the government stands to save $46 billion in SNAP expenditures over 10 years by raising the minimum wage to the Harkin-Miller level of $10.10, and provides expected state-by-state enrollment reductions.Read more »
National Public Radio aired a great story on Monday’s first public meeting of the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The Commission soon will be announcing its plans for nationwide fact-finding on child abuse and neglect fatalities. ECM will post the Commission’s schedule once it becomes known.
Also check out what NASW, member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse Deaths, posted about the first meeting of the Commission.
ECM’s New England Campaign Director MaryLou Beaver referenced the new report from The Working Poor Families Project, Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future, in her latest newsletter, Granite State Rumblings.
A new report from The Working Poor Families Project states that in 2012, there were more than 10 million low-income working families with children in the United States, and 39 percent (4.1million) were headed by working mothers struggling to support 8.5 million children. The economic conditions for these families have worsened since the onset of the recession; between 2007 and 2012, there was a four percentage-point increase in the share of female-headed working families that are low-income.
The report defines “low-income working families” as earning no more than twice the federal poverty income threshold. In 2012, the low-income threshold for a family of three with two children was $36,966.
Addressing challenges specific to these families will increase their economic opportunity, boost the economy and strengthen the fabric of communities across the nation.
Public policy can play a critical role in our future prosperity by reversing this trend and improving outcomes for low-income working mothers. While the federal government can play a role, of particular interest in this report is how state governments can best invest in helping working mothers gain the education, skills, and supports necessary to become economically secure and provide a strong economic future for their children.Read more »
WHAT: First public meeting of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a Federal Advisory Committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012.
WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Aerospace Building, 901 D St., SW, 7th floor west, Washington, DC 20447
Attendance in person requires advance registration. Submit your full name, organization, e-mail address, and phone number to Laura Urioste (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 14.
Attendance via teleconference. Listen to the discussion by calling 877-939-8175, Meeting ID number 3067305. Push # when prompted for Attendee ID.
WHO: Commissioners, Staff, General Public
COMMENTS: While members of the public attending in person or by teleconference will not have the opportunity to ask questions or comment at this meeting, anyone wishing to comment, can do so in writing. Please follow the instructions in the Federal Register Notice.
CONTACT INFO: Ms. Randee Motzkin, Designated Federal Office, 202-205-8347, 1800 F St., NW, Rm. 7003D, Washington, DC 20006.
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