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…

SOTU 2014: Rediscovering the Path to Prosperity

On January 28th, President Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address. Since he took office in 2009, the nation has undergone a number of changes and challenges – some new, but some that have existed for generations. Over that time, the attention of the American people has been fixed on the numerous problems…

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…

Rochelle’s Story: Climbing the Ladder of Opportunity with SNAP, TANF, and EITC

A speech by President Obama on Wednesday, December 4th put income inequality in the spotlight. What’s troubling about income inequality is that it correlates to other inequalities, including disparities in education, mental health, physical health, and employment opportunities. His speech was a response to proposals for more cuts to public assistance programs, along with growing public…

How Has Sequestration Impacted You?

The impact of sequestration—the across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending done without discretion—instituted huge cuts that impacted everyday Americans, but the voices of those impacted remained relatively quiet. Why haven’t the affects been heard? Because they impacted the quietest voices: children, the poor, and middle class Americans who feel they have no right to demand anything.…

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…