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Blog: The Emerging Progressive Agenda

May 21, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

In a May 12 Washington Post blog, Katrina vanden Heuvel called recent events in advancing a progressive reform agenda a “stunning” development.

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Blog: NETWORK Participates in Historic Conference on Poverty

May 15, 2015 | By Sarah Spengeman

In Washington, we hear politicians on both the left and the right talking every day about “the middle class,” but seldom do they mention the term “poverty.” Political consultants tell candidates that talking about the middle class inspires hope, while talking about poverty sounds too gloomy—people just don’t want to hear it they say.  At NETWORK, we know that the political consultants are wrong, people are hungry for change in this country and they are looking for leaders.

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Blog: Raise the Wage Act a Good First Step

May 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced legislation on April 30 that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour. Their bill would phase out the sub-minimum wage (usually given to "tipped" workers) and would set regular increases to the minimum wage to keep up with the median wage (not indexed with the cost-of-living, as some have demanded).

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Blog: Far From a Faithful Budget

May 01, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

Last Tuesday, Sister Simone Campbell was joined by leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, American Muslim Health Professionals, and the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism for a briefing on Capitol Hill calling for a federal budget that is rooted in justice and abides by our shared faith principals.

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Blog: Work Needs to Pay; Work Needs to Work

May 01, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

No household with a person working fulltime should be living below the poverty threshold. Yet, that is the case for millions of Americans. Work needs to pay! The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour provides a fulltime employee $15,080 annually. In 2014, the poverty threshold for a single person was $12,316; for a family of four it is over $24,000, leaving families in severe poverty although they are working fulltime.

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Blog: The Scandal of Unfair Pay

Apr 30, 2015 | By Nicholas Moffa

“Disparity is a pure scandal.” At his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 29, Pope Francis stated a perspective that could apply to many types of inequality: wealth, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational, just to name a few. However, his words on the unacceptable nature of inequality arose from his passion about gender equality, and equal pay for equal work specifically.

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Do House and Senate Budgets Proposals Reflect "Faithful Budget" Principles?

Apr 28, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

It is intriguing to review the messages of the Faithful Budget to our nation’s leaders in light of the House and Senate budgets for FY 2016 released last month. Recall that the “Faithful Budget” requests them to craft a federal budget that

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Blog: Inequality and the Estate Tax

Apr 17, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

On April 16, the House voted (H.R. 1105) to repeal the estate tax. The vote (240-179) broke down largely on partisan lines. NETWORK actively opposed the bill.

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An estate may consist of property, stocks or any combination of assets that a person owns. The Center for Effective Government (CEG), in an April 15 article, calls this move “alarming.”

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Blog: Update on Senate Budget Proposal

Apr 15, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The Senate Budget Proposal passed just before members left for their two-week Passover/Easter Recess. Although much of this proposal, as well as the one passed by the House, is devastating to people of low- or middle-income, there are some bright spots in amendments that were approved with votes from both parties. These are nonbinding, but there is hope they might be included in the final Joint Budget Resolution and be brought to reality through appropriations. They include items that NETWORK has been working on:

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Blog: Fair Tax System for a Faithful Budget

Apr 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Unfortunately, both the Senate and the House have proposed budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 that would drastically cut critical programs that have successfully helped people survive and move out of dire poverty—programs like Medicaid, food stamps (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), low-income tax credits and, of course, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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