Jenice Robinson

Jenice Robinson is communications director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

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Ambulance workers clean a gurney at Mount Sinai Hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 04, 2020
Two Pandemics, Separate and Unequal
COVID-19 is not a great equalizer. This was clear from the beginning, even though some political leaders said differently early on. That millions of families can’t make their housing paymen t and must seek help from food banks immediately after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 economic...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a news conference with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the U.S. Capitol January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 06, 2020
Returning to the Economic Status Quo After COVID-19 Crisis Should Not Be an Option
One danger in this necessary moment of rapid-fire policymaking is a return to business as usual after the COVID-19 pub lic health and economic crises pass . Weak worker protections and prioritization of corporate interests have kept financial security out of reach for millions of working people and...
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Friday, June 29, 2018
Rigging the System and Poor Shaming (Rightly) Are Incompatible Political Strategies
The absurdity of blaming poor and moderate-income people for their circumstances is close to running its course as an effective political tool, particularly as some elected officials more boldly assert their intent to cater to the whims of the wealthy . Take last year’s GOP-led drive to eliminate...
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The notion that poor people must prove they are deserving by jumping through bureaucratic hoops to obtain basic assistance like food and shelter comes from the same warped ideological space that reasons tax cuts for the rich and corporations are a boon to the middle class. (Photo:  Yuri Keegstra/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Trump Administration’s Spending Priorities Echo Tax Cut Priorities: Punish the Poor and Lavish the Rich
In 2017, the Trump Administration released a budget proposal filled with loaded language about “welfare reform” and moving able-bodied people from welfare to work. This narrative is designed to perpetuate the pernicious idea that poor people have personal shortcomings and are taking something that...
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