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Rebalancing the Scales

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • New America Foundation
March 19, 2014
The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty naturally prompts reflection on how much progress has been made and how to chart a path forward. While there is a marked divergence in the diagnosis of poverty’s roots and the policy prescriptions necessary to address them, a consensus is emerging that new efforts are needed to promote opportunity, economic mobility and to ensure that the American Dream remains attainable.
 

The Assets Budget is Out of Balance

March 19, 2014
Publication Image Two weeks ago, President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year 2015, and under the White House proposal, the United States is poised to spend $573 billion supporting asset development.

New Report: It Still Takes Money to Make Money

March 12, 2014
Publication Image On Tuesday, our colleagues at the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas released a new report called Harnessing Assets to Build an Economic Mobility Agenda. The key finding? It takes money to make money.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts Available on America Saves Week and Tax-Time Savings

February 25, 2014
Washington, DC — As the nation celebrates America Saves Week and households across the U.S. prepare to file taxes, New America’s Asset Building Program has developed a proposal for a federal Financial Security Credit to promote savings at tax-time. For many households, tax refunds represent the largest lump sum of cash they may receive during the year, making tax-time a valuable national savings opportunity.
 

Connecting Tax Time to Financial Security

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • Elliot Schreur,
  • New America Foundation
February 25, 2014
The ability to accumulate and access savings is a fundamental determinant of economic security for many families, especially those with low incomes and limited resources. Since every family’s circumstance is different, so too are their savings needs, which can range both in time horizon and flexibility of purpose. Current federal policy favors longer-term, targeted purposes, such as savings for retirement, leaving a void in policy supports for households whose savings needs are more immediate.

I Just Opened My Son's College Savings Account. What Policymakers Should Learn from My Experience.

January 13, 2014
Publication Image As any new parent knows, accomplishing small things can be hard. High off of the victory of showering one day when my son was around five weeks old, I was eager to cross our apartment's threshold and be in the world, so I decided that we would pick up my husband from work. About a mile into our four mile trek, I committed the hubris of believing that the lack of commotion from the back of the car meant that the little guy had consented to our outing. But then it started. The blood curdling cries that only newborns and birds are capable of.

Save Our (College) Children, California

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • New America Foundation
January 9, 2014 |

Assets Podcast: In Poverty, No Privacy?

December 16, 2013
Most Americans consider the right to privacy a right of citizenship, but for families within the public benefits system, ceding extensive personal and financial information and submitting to unannounced home visits, fingerprinting or drug testing are the cost of receiving assistance. In this podcast, Brigid Schulte, with the Breadwinners and Caregivers Program, Aleta Sprague, with the Asset Building Program, Michele Gilman, with the University of Baltimore, and Virginia Eubanks, with SUNY Albany, sit down with Rachel Black, with the Asset Building Program, to consider what it means to have di

Are College Savings Just for Rich Folks?

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • New America Foundation
December 10, 2013 |

Costs of Caregiving takes a Bite out of the Sandwich Generation

December 6, 2013
Publication Image Being a caregiver isn't just a gesture of the heart, it's a commitment of the wallet. And, as more adults are finding themselves in the position of caring for both young children and their own elderly parents, this "sandwich generation" is expending substantial personal resources to compensate for inadequate public support.
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