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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 21, 2020
Back to Work
By Bruce Reed
If we're serious about one day ending poverty as we know it, this is the debate we must have: What are we willing to do to expand the circle of opportunity, and how much personal responsibility are we willing to ask in return?

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Poverty is Back
By Traci Gleason
David Shipler's "The Working Poor" is a valuable portrait of poverty in America, just as Michael Harrington's landmark book, "The Other America," was in 1962.

PPI | Front & Center | April 6, 2020
Poverty and Public Opinion: 10 Lessons for Progressives
By Tom Freedman
The goal must be better living and independence for the poor, but the means must include all the weapons in society's arsenal, from self-help to nonprofit volunteerism to government aid.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 16, 2020
New York Rebels Against Work-Based Welfare Reform
In the same week that the Manhattan Institute released a major national study highlighting the positive impact of the 1996 welfare reform law on low-income families, the New York City Council overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and replaced the work focus with the "work later" approach that failed so dismally in the 1980s.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 12, 2021
Welfare Reform That Works
Throughout the welfare reform reauthorization debate, New Democrats should support alternatives to the Administration proposal that continue to make private sector work the object of welfare reform, but that also provide the necessary tools to actually make welfare reform work.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 11, 2021
Why People Need Affordable Cars
By Anne Kim
Easy credit means high rates for low-income buyers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Editorial | January 31, 2021
Keep Working Families' Refunds in Their Pockets
By Anne Kim and Alan Berube
Sensible policy changes will help ensure that families receive the full benefit of the EITC to which they are entitled.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 2, 2020
Ladders to Success
By Michael Bernick
Union and industry-based skills training can lift wages for the working poor.

PPI | Policy Report | November 14, 2020
Taken for a Ride: Subprime Lenders, Automobility, and the Working Poor
By Anne Kim
Any comprehensive effort to make work pay must include a strategy for improving access to transportation, including access to cars.

PPI | Policy Report | September 20, 2020
Fixing Food Stamps
By Anne Kim
Food stamp reform is an opportunity that Congress should not miss to expand the social policy revolution begun in 1996.

PPI | Front & Center | May 24, 2020
Senate New Dem Welfare Proposal Strikes Balance Between Resources and Results
By Anne Kim
More than any other proposal currently on the table, the Bayh-Carper-Graham bill will give states, recipients, and leavers the best chance of continuing the progress of welfare reform.

PPI & The Brookings Institution | Policy Report | May 21, 2020
The Price of Paying Taxes
By Alan Berube, Anne Kim, Benjamin Forman, and Megan Burns
How tax preparation and refund loan fees erode the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 3, 2020
Idea of the Week: Work First
Yesterday, a group of New Democrat Senators led by DLC Chairman Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) outlined a legislative draft that should ensure that the "Work First" philosophy -- including significant new child care resources and efforts to put fathers of children on welfare to work -- is at the center of the debate this year over reauthorization of the 1996 welfare reform law.

PPI | Backgrounder | March 19, 2020
Up the Ladder: The Role of Training & Education in Promoting Job Advancement for Welfare Recipients
By Anne Kim
Among the critical issues up for debate as Congress considers the reauthorization of the 1996 welfare reform law this year is how best to move recipients and former recipients not just from welfare to work, but into work that pays.

PPI | Policy Report | March 19, 2020
Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
By Megan Burns
The best approach to promoting responsible fatherhood is two-fold: (1) extending the same work obligation to fathers as has been placed on mothers of poor children, and (2) involving dads in their children's lives.

PPI | Presentation | March 10, 2020
Finishing the Welfare Revolution (Presentation)
By Anne Kim
Slide presentation to the National League of Cities' Annual Congressional Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
After Dependence
By Will Marshall
Welfare is over. Now it's time for a new social compact that enables people to lift themselves out of poverty.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
Allegiance to the Pledge
By Kenneth S. Baer
For many liberals, former President Bill Clinton's signing of welfare reform legislation during his 1996 re-election campaign will always be "the worst thing" he has ever done, a deal with the devil for personal political gain.But as R. Kent Weaver shows in his new book, Ending Welfare As We Know It, Clinton was not merely putting his finger to the wind in 1996.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
Apocalypse Not
By Tom Mirga
Despite the slowing economy, states remain optimistic about long-term prospects for welfare reform.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 22, 2021
Finish the Job
By Anne Kim
Seven Steps Congress must take to complete the welfare revolution.

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