On November 6, 2017 Empower Missouri and the Coalition for Human Need released a report entitled Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Missouri and New Threats Ahead. The whole report can be found here Poverty and Progress Report. As the report states:
We Can – and Must – Continue to Make Progress for the Millions Still Struggling
We can – and should – do more to further reduce poverty for the millions of Americans still struggling. To achieve this goal, Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs recommend the following actions for Congress and President Trump:
- Reject cuts to proven anti-poverty programs; instead, protect and expand funding for programs including SNAP, Medicaid, housing subsidies and others.
- Reject tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that will lead to further cuts in domestic programs. Paying for tax cuts for the rich while cutting programs for the poor, infrastructure investments, and public health protections is simply wrong. Corporations and the wealthy need to pay their fair share.
- Lift sequester caps for domestic discretionary programs to boost investments in education and many other programs. A bipartisan deal, similar to those reached in past years, is needed to lift the austere sequester-level spending caps for FY18 and beyond.
- Increase federal funding for housing subsidies and child care subsidies. As Congress continues its FY18 appropriations process, it should increase funding to provide millions more Americans in need with access to safe, stable housing and quality, affordable child care.
- Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to workers not raising children and expand the Child Tax Credit to families making less than $3,000 a year. A bipartisan group of members of Congress have previously shown support for expanding the EITC, so helping workers without dependent children should be a top priority for Congress. Congress should also act to ensure all low-income children benefit from the CTC.
- Reject harsh time limits and work requirements for SNAP, Medicaid, and subsidized housing recipients. Congress should end the harsh time limits on SNAP benefits for certain jobless adults willing to work.
- Congress should once and for all abandon efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead stabilize the law’s insurance markets. And Missouri and other states that haven’t yet expanded health coverage to workers with low incomes by drawing down federal Medicaid dollars should do so. Governors of states that have continued to deny health coverage to residents with low incomes should end this costly failure to take advantage of federal dollars on the table and provide necessary health care to those who can least afford it.
- Congress should enact the Dream Act, providing legal status and a path to citizenship for the young people brought to this country as children. Their freedom to work, learn, and serve in the armed services contributes to economic growth.
Read the full report: Poverty and Progress Report