Melissa Boteach

Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program and Half in Ten Education Fund at the Center for American Progress.  You can follow her on Twitter @mboteach.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
New Jersey’s Governor Just Proposed a Millionaires’ Tax. So Why Is the Legislature Opposing It?
In an era of “ alternative facts ” and absurd promises about huge tax cuts for the wealthy paying for themselves , it’s refreshing to encounter an elected representative who is willing to speak a simple truth: You get the government you pay for. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is battling his...
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"Lawmakers for whom recent financial disclosure forms are available stand to gain more than $14 million next year. Four of these lawmakers seem likely to gain $1 million or more each." (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Lawmakers’ Personal Tax Cuts Could Provide 10 Million Meals for Families in Need
Last December, without a single Democratic vote, Republicans in Congress passed a tax cut that enriches themselves, their wealthy donors, and big corporations—at the expense of working Americans. The tax law will balloon the federal deficit by an estimated $ 1.9 trillion over the next decade,...
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Monday, July 10, 2017
No, Young People Aren’t Poor Because They’re Not Married
In an op-ed last week, Washington Post columnist George Will deplores the culture of today’s young people, blaming their disproportionate poverty on the fact that too many don’t get a high school diploma, a good job, and a spouse before they have kids . Just a minor problem: Literally every aspect...
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Friday, January 08, 2016
What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum
This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of 18 percent in 2014, South Carolina ranks among the ten poorest states in the country and has one of...
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
New Census Data Demand Action on Inequality and Poverty
The U.S. Census Bureau released data this week showing little to no improvement in poverty and family incomes in 2014, despite a falling unemployment rate. This frustrating state of affairs is directly related to high levels of inequality and stagnant wages , which have kept poverty rates much...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on income, poverty, and health insurance. It revealed that four years into the economic recovery, economic insecurity remains widespread, and low- and middle-income workers have seen no significant wage growth over the past decade. With...
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Paul Ryan’s Case Against Himself
Yesterday, Rep. Ryan proposed a plan that would eliminate a program that consolidates multiple antipoverty programs into a single grant to states in the name of providing greater flexibility. Yep, you read that right. While the press coverage has focused on Rep. Ryan’s “new” idea of consolidating...
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