What's Got MDC Buzzing?
You might have missed some of these pieces on your way to a second helping of sweet potatoes last week:
While there is a common belief that single parents and their children account for most families living in poverty in the United States, Sharon Lerner argues in The Atlantic that this isn’t the case. In “Poverty Isn’t Just a Single-Parents Problem,” Lerner writes that the poverty rate for married couples with children has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2000. According to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, half of the households with children in poverty are actually married households. Read the full story here.
There are a number of national efforts to help communities respond to entrenched poverty and improve educational employment outcomes for children and youth. Two of those initiatives, Promise Neighborhoods and STRIVE joined forces to write a brief on how to integrate neighborhood-focused initiatives with broader cradle-to-career approaches. You can download the paper here.
In a new piece from Jobs for the Future, Lara Couturier outlines 10 state policy recommendations to support education and career pathways that ensure students have what they need to accomplish their postsecondary goals. Cornerstones of Completion includes examples of faculty-led curricular alignment, career-technical education pathways, developmental education acceleration, and use of real-time labor market information, among other supportive policies that can make a difference for colleges, communities, and students.
According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, low- to middle-income Americans are those with the highest marginal tax rates—the amount of money taken out of each additional dollar that an individual earns. In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, Evan Soltas writes that “marginal tax rates are not as large a problem for the wealthy as they are for the poor and working classes.” Because the poor receive transfer payments like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Medicaid that are phased out as earnings rise, marginal tax rates are very high for those in the two lowest income quintiles. Find the CBO report here and the opinion piece here.
A new study from the Center for American Progress looks at who takes the biggest hit during natural disasters. No surprise: it's not the people that have the most resources for recovery. In fact, according the report, it's counties with middle-and lower-income households that were harmed by many of the most expensive extreme weather events in 2011 and 2012, and those counties typically had household incomes below the U.S. median annual household income of $51,914. CAP makes several recommendations for the Federal government on ways to mitigate this impact, from those that address climate change, to infrastructure, to the availability of emergency funds for families that are affected by disasters.