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Blog: Update on the Minimum Wage around the Nation

Apr 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) are prepared to introduce a federal minimum wage (MW) bill in both the Senate and House that would attempt to raise the current MW in five steps to $12 per hour, gradually eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers, and index those wages to the median wage (not the rate of inflation).

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Blog: What I Learned from Marching

Apr 07, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

If your March was anything like mine, it was filled with stories, pictures, and news coverage of the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights. It seemed everyone who is anyone traveled to Selma on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday and took their photo walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I read all the articles paying tribute to the leaders of the civil rights movement in the New York Times.

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Blog: March 26 Update on the Battle to Pass FY 2016 Budget in Congress

Mar 26, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a budget. The version that ultimately passed by a vote of 228 to 199, had been dubbed “Price 2” after House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA). Seventeen Republicans opposed it along with all Democrats. No bipartisanship there.

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Blog: Happy Fifth Birthday to the Affordable Care Act - One Giant Step Forward to Healthcare for All

Mar 23, 2015 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte

Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and declare once and for all that the ACA is a SUCCESS. 

Unlike the hysteria that surrounded its passage, with critics arguing that it would destroy the U.S. economy, leading to job loss, the fact is that our economy is stronger, jobs are growing, and Americans are more healthcare secure than they have ever been. 

Let’s look at the facts. 

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Blog: What Can We Expect in Pope Francis’s Upcoming Encyclical on the Environment?

Mar 20, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Ever since Pope Francis indicated that he would write an encyclical on the issue of the ecology/environment, expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, people around the world have been speculating about its contents.

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Blog: Affordable Housing for People with Very Low Incomes Practically Nonexistent

Mar 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

My colleague here at NETWORK, Sister Marge Clark, in a blog at this site on March 2, drew attention to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and some recent attacks on the fund itself. A research report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), entitled “Affordable Housing Is Nowhere to Be Found for Millions,” released the week of March 9, highlights the acute need for the NHTF.

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Blog: Grounds for Better Understanding and Dialogue with Islam

Mar 10, 2015 | By Sr. Eucharia Madueke

At a timely lecture jointly sponsored by Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and THE Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (IPRCS) of the Catholic University on March 6, Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, M.

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Blog: Extend and Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit

Mar 09, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Catholic Social Teaching is clear that all people have the right to live in human dignity, which for many is not possible without tax incentives since payroll taxes are taking a larger and larger bite out of their meager wages.

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Blog: Criminal Justice Reform

Mar 05, 2015 | By Joan Neal, NETWORK Strategic Advisor

America’s criminal justice system is broken. Far from being a way to hold offenders accountable while at the same time treating them with compassion and respect, it focuses on retributive rather than restorative justice – punishment rather than rehabilitation. The result is harsh and inconsistent sentencing, overcrowded prisons, and a growing group of citizens who find it increasingly more difficult to successfully reenter society.

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Blog: Why We Need to Fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Now!

Mar 02, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Funding for CHIP runs out at the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2015) and without its renewal almost every state will be affected. This is because CHIP is a block grant program in which nearly all states have opted to participate. (The exception is Arizona, which left the program in Jan. 2014).

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Blog: National Housing Trust Fund - Update

Mar 02, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is no surprise that persons who become homeless are struggling in extreme poverty. There is no way to align homelessness with Catholic Social Teaching/Tradition. One who is living on the streets, in a shelter or their car, or even bunking in an overcrowded apartment is not living in dignity.

And certainly it does not show our nation as having a preferential option for people who are poor. For more than the ten years I have been with NETWORK, the organization has worked for passage of, and then funding for, the National Housing Trust Fund.

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Blog: How to Respond to Implausible Claims about “Welfare”

Feb 13, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

We’ve all heard the claim -- at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in the church social hall, at the water cooler, or even in our own email inboxes -- that government programs are too generous and are disincentives to work. Last week, we were contacted by a NETWORK friend looking for guidance on how to respond to such an argument. Frustrated with the persistence of this claim and its popularity in our political discourse, I thought a succinct but thorough response may be useful to have on hand.

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Blog: What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court’s Latest Case Considering the Issue of Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act

Feb 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

In less than three weeks (on March 4) the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell – with a decision expected in late spring/early summer. Too few people realize how high the stakes are. Before considering the stakes, let’s be sure we understand the fundamental issues.

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Blog: The Scandal of Sentencing Juveniles to Life in Prison without Parole

Feb 05, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

NETWORK, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other faith organizations, is an official supporter of the “Statement of Principles” of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth" (CFSY). These principles reflect our strong moral belief in human dignity and rights – as well as the need to respond to those without power.

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