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EPI book | July 2001
Hardships in America
The Real Story of Working Families
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Policy makers in the United States have adopted the view that work is the solution to poverty, and the government’s role is to promote employment rather than provide income support for poor families.
November 2000 Briefing Paper
THE FORGOTTEN WORKFORCE
More Than One in 10 Federal Contract Workers Earn Less Than a Living Wage
by Chauna Brocht
The living wage movement was born out of frustration with Congress’ failure to enact a minimum wage that lifts families out of poverty.1 Initially, living wage activists focused their efforts on passing ordinances at the local level to ensure that the workers employed with government funds were paid above a poverty-level wage.
The Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently published a joint report called Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends (Bernstein et al.
MAY 2000 | EPI Book
How much is enough? Basic Family Budgets for Working Families
by Jared Bernstein, Chauna Brocht, and Maggie Spade-Aguilar
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March 8, 2000
The Next Step
The new minimum wage proposals and the old opposition
by Jared Bernstein and Chauna Brocht
Discussion in Congress is again underway over whether to increase the federal minimum wage from its current level of $5.15 to $6.15.