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March 20, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Maximum Family Grant Placing Subtle Pressure on Poor Women

Masked in political rhetoric, the image of the “welfare mom” pulses with stereotype.  These stereotypes persisted even after the start of federal caps for assistance that were written into law when “welfare as we know it” was reformed in the 1990’s.

There are currently 15 states in the U.S. including California, that have maintained “family caps” - denying additional benefits to families who have more children and who have received aid in the previous 10 months prior to the child’s birth. 

March 13, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Addressing “Income Inequality” – How to Help the Poor and Reward Employment

A phrase increasingly used to describe the financial difficulties of lower- and middle-income Americans is “income inequality.” 

March 6, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

2015 Legislative Preview

A flood of bills hit the California Legislature as the deadline for submission of new legislation arrived last week.  Lawmakers will now start hearings on more than 2,400 bills introduced in the first year of its two-year session.

February 27, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Subsidies for Health Coverage

On March 4, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, King v. Burwell, claiming that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) are available only for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State,” as the law is worded.