Confronting Poverty in America
JCPA, through its Confronting Poverty Initiative, is committed to building a more just and equitable society, beginning with our children. Focused on lifting the next generation out of poverty, JCPA advocates for a two-track strategy that includes a strong social safety net, including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and effective policies aimed at lifting children and families out of poverty and providing economic opportunity. These policies include: reducing childhood hunger through the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization, which includes the summer meals program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC); expanding access to high-quality preschool and child care; protecting children’s health; raising the minimum wage; and continuing to expand eligibility for the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits (EITC and CTC). These effective anti-poverty programs should be provided with appropriate funding and should not fall victim to deficit reduction measures and budgetary process changes.
Fostering Economic Growth
The JCPA believes that Congress and the Administration can help heal our ailing economy by creating pathways to sustainable, long-term employment. Efforts should be made to invest in fields such as infrastructure, state and local governments, schools, hospitals, renewable energy, and clean technology innovation in order to contribute to long-term economic and employment growth. Every effort should be made to direct job creation and training with targeted assistance to geographic regions and particular populations that are still struggling with the aftereffects of the recession, including low-income individuals, women, people of color, people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, youth, and the long-term unemployed.