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Economic Justice

Estate Tax

NETWORK supports a fair federal estate tax. The estate tax has been an important source of federal revenue for almost a century—until January 2010.  In 2001, President Bush and Congress created a schedule in which the estate tax would be gradually reduced until 2010, when it would disappear. However, without a legislative change it is to return to 2001 levels in 2011.

Housing Choice Vouchers

Today, federal rental assistance enables five million low-income households to afford modest homes. Three major programs, the largest of which is Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), assist about 90% of these households. HCV requires that a share of new households admitted into the program include "extremely low-income," (although recent budgets have either cut or eliminated most programs assisting this group of people), meaning that their income may not exceed 30% of the local median.

Federal Budget Priorities

NETWORK calls on Congress to pass a Faithful Budget that is accountable to the 100%. That budget must include reasonable revenue to support responsible programs that comprise the social safety net, such as WIC, SNAP, Medicaid. NETWORK focuses on elements of the federal budget that move our nation and world toward economic justice. We analyze the elements to determine how they affect people at the margins and those with the least economic power.

Housing Voucher Bill Needs Cosponsors

Section 8, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, would reform the Section 8 rental voucher program in three important  ways. Read more

Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act

H.R. 2929, the Julia Carson Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Davis (D-IL) and S. 1309, Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009, introduced by Sen. Bayh (D-IN), seek to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act that pertains to TANF in order to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families. Read more

TANF and Child Care Subsidies

Child care subsidies have been critical for families who receive TANF benefits, especially as they transition off of TANF and into employment. With the emphasis on Welfare-to-work under the changes in legislation in 1996, families need the support of child care in order to ensure that their children are being looked after while working. Subsidies also boost opportunities for families to seek child care programs that they believe are safe and provide educational opportunities for their children.

TANF - State Differences

Under the new block grant system, states receive federal funds and match this amount with state funds to use as they see fit to meet the objectives of TANF in varying manners. In order to continue receipt of funds, states must demonstrate a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirement, in which each state matches the federal funds provided for services that must fall into one of the four objectives stated above for eligible families.

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