September 2010 RESULTS Domestic Conference Call: “Virtual” Lobbying to Protect Working Families

By Meredith Dodson, Director of Domestic (U.S. Poverty) Campaigns
September 13, 2010

The September Domestic National Conference Call was a shorter call without an outside guest speaker to allow groups more time to plan “virtual” lobby meetings after the call ended to push for permanent expansions of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working families (our September Action). Specifically, we want to see the $3,000 income threshold for the CTC and the EITC expansion for married couples and larger families permanent fixtures of the tax code from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included in tax legislation in Congress this month. RESULTS activists in San Fernando, CA, Columbus, OH, and Santa Fe, NM, shared their insights on getting to Congress and making it happen. Also, longtime RESULTS Austin volunteer and part-time fundraising support staff member Mark Coats kicked off our fall Friends and Family Fundraising campaign on this call. Listen to our September 2010 RESULTS Domestic Conference Call: “Virtual” Lobbying to Protect Working Families for all the details and Read More.

Global Fund Media Will Create Political Will

By Ken Patterson
September 08, 2010

In generating media, our media outlets will want to know how anything we pitch will relate to recent stories they’ve carried and the community at large. Here are some ideas for local hooks to consider: Read More.

August 2010 RESULTS Domestic Conference Call: Being Strategic with Our Messages and Actions

By Meredith Dodson, Director of Domestic (U.S. Poverty) Campaigns
August 16, 2010

The August Domestic national conference call focused on strategic actions during the summer recess as members of Congress are back home to push for critical investments in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). In September, Congress will make key decisions on tax priorities, and it’s critical that the stimulus bill expansions to the EITC and CTC be included in tax legislation. The call reviewed strategic actions to take over the August recess, and included important insights on messaging from Mike Owen of the Iowa Policy Project. Listen to our August 2010 RESULTS Domestic Conference Call: Being Strategic with Our Messages and Actions to Support Tax Credits for Low-Income Working Families for all the details and Read More.

Medicaid Funding for States Closer to Passage

By Jos Linn and Meredith Dodson
August 09, 2010

Yesterday, after months of trying, the Senate passed a bill that would provide temporary funding to states to help with Medicaid and teachers’ salaries. The vote was 61-39. As you know in 2009, Congress passed a temporary funding increase for Medicaid to help states maintain the program during the economic downturn; that funding runs out in December. However, states are still facing severe budget challenges and have requested an extension of this funding while the economy continues to recover. This bill would extend this funding another 6 months. Without it, states will be forced to cut vital services and lay off thousands of workers. Read More.

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