Hard Working Americans and the Minimum Wage

In a new report commissioned by NHSA, Handed to Them on a Plate, FrameWorks Institute found that most Americans value hard-work and good morals; that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will succeed and live well. Many also believe the minimum wage is not just a labor standard and a regulation…

The Affordable Care Act’s Step Forward

In a new piece for the Huffington Post, Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, takes a look at the media’s recent convergence on the CBO’s report that cited the impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs. The Olympics are great but the political shows are my favored competition. Not that…

5 Ways Unemployed Young Adults Cost Us More Than You Think

Here’s one startling fact not often talked about: those aged 18-24 have seen double-digit unemployment rates for 70 consecutive months, or almost 6 years. And 25% of those job losses came after the Great Recession was officially declared to be over. The end result? 5.8 million young adults were dropped from the bottom of the…

Time to Manage Your Charitable Portfolio?

“So many of the organizations we are asked to contribute to appear very worthy of a gift, but I suggest resisting… unless that cause or organization holds a place in your charitable portfolio,” Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly says. “There is really very little to be gained by passivity…

Investing in a Generation Stalled

Back in November 2013, the House’s bill calling for $40 Billion in cuts to SNAP is in part meant to target a select group of recipients: single, child-less, able-bodied, unemployed adults. 6 million in this category are aged 16-24, and their unemployment rate is 16.2%–more than double the national average. They need jobs. 15% of…

Why We’re Watching the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act

The 21st Century Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act (H.R. 1000) currently has 50 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, and we’re hoping it gets some movement soon. The current austerity campaign is hurting our recovery and especially job growth. Rather than focusing on cutting government assistance for the unemployed and underemployed, we would like…