65-Knot Winds and Boulders Doesn’t Stop RESULTS Alaska!

By Eric T. Harris, Grassroots Communications Coordinator, RESULTS
November 23, 2009

Think fundraising in your hometown is tough? Try living in Southeast Alaska. The Sitka RESULTS group recently hosted a fundraising event that was threatened by 65-knot winds and boulders stuck on the airport runway. But thanks to our activists’ unbelievable determination, the show was able to go on. Read More.

The Long-Awaited Senate Health Reform Bill

By Meredith Dodson, Director of RESULTS U.S. Poverty Campaigns
November 20, 2009

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released his version of health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. There’s lots of good news here, especially for low-income Americans (our focus in this debate) — Reid’s bill expands Medicaid to all persons at or below 133 percent of the poverty line and prioritizes of funding for community health centers (CHC) along the lines of S.486. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will cost $849 billion over ten years and reduce the federal deficit by $127 billion the first ten years. It is expected to provide 31 million uninsured persons with health coverage through Medicaid and private health coverage, thus covering 94 percent of Americans. However, the Senate must first begin debate. The Senate is expected to vote on a Motion to Proceed with tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 pm. 60 votes will be needed to pass the motion and allow debate to begin. If the motion fails, health reform will stall. Read More.

RESULTS Activist Nominated for Community Award

By Eric T. Harris, Grassroots Communications Coordinator, RESULTS
November 20, 2009

Teresa Rugg, leader of the Snohomish County, Washington, RESULTS group, was a finalist for an award given to extraordinary activists in the area. The award, called “Voice of the Community,” is given out by the local public radio station, 90.7 KSER, once each year. Read More.

Economic Opportunity: Improving the EITC and CTC

By Jos Linn
November 20, 2009

A new research paper from the Tax Policy Center advocates for the simplification and updating of current tax credits that benefit low-income workers and families. The paper, “Considerations in Efforts to Restructure Refundable Work-Based Credits,” by Steve Holt and Elaine Maag, argues that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and the new Make Work Pay Credit (MWP) have done a great deal to help low-income individuals and families supplement their income. Despite this success, there is still room for improvement. Read More.

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