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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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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