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2022

  • June

    • Does Federal Minimum Wage Still Matter?

      Law360

      Jun 14, 2022

      Center Operations Manager Natalie Shaak was quoted in an article discussing the need to continue the federal minimum wage when a majority of states have minimum wages above the federal wage floor and private employers are raising their lowest wages to compete for workers. She, and many experts agree, the federal minimum wage still matters.

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    • Inflation Is Sending State Wage Floors Above $15 An Hour

      Law360

      Jun 08, 2022

      Center Operations Manager Natalie Shaak was quoted in an article discussing the impact of inflation on wages, including inflation indexing provisions as part of minimum wage increases.

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  • May

  • April

    • 21 States Raised The Minimum Wage in 2022, But Living Costs Are Rising Faster

      Teen Vogue

      Apr 08, 2022

      The Center's 2021 brief focused on the federal minimum wage was referenced in an article exploring recent increases in the minimum wage throughout the U.S. and whether it is a true living wage.

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    • Is a $15 Minimum Wage Enough?

      Law360

      Apr 07, 2022

      Center staff member Natalie Shaak was quoted in an article exploring if a $15 minimum wage is a sufficient wage floor.

      Discussing data from a the Center's 2021 brief, she shared that $15 isn't enough, given living costs such as housing, child care and food. "Even in the lowest-cost-of-living state, which would be Mississippi, people are still not going to be able to live on $15 an hour."

      Even the higher "living wages" that are shared do not taking into account people being able to save for an emergency, buy a house so they're no longer renting, or develop any kind of wealth to pull themselves out of poverty," Shaak said.

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  • March

  • February

    • Low-income Philadelphians to receive no-strings-attached cash in antipoverty experiments

      Philadelphia Inquirer

      Feb 13, 2022

      Center director Mariana Chilton was quoted in an article about the City of Philadelphia introducing two guaranteed income pilot programs that will distribute money to low-income residents with no strings attached to support household stability and economic well-being. 

      She said that UBI is worth the expense because it “helps people stay healthy and in school or on the job, it reduces mental health problems, and has no impact on employment rates.”

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  • January

    • If You Bake It, Can You Sell It? A ‘Right to Food’ Movement Grows.

      Christian Science Monitor

      Jan 31, 2022

      Center director Mariana Chilton was quoted in an article about Maine's recent "right to food" amendment which states “natural, inherent and unalienable right” to produce, consume, and perhaps sell food they grew or raised, a concept central to food sovereignty. While she felt the vote was a good first step, she pointed out that deregulation does not go far enough to ensure people will be free from hunger or food insecurity.

      “People who are poor don’t have the time, they don’t have the land, they don’t have the private property in which they can grow their own stuff,” says Dr. Chilton. “I think that we need more provisions that ensure the conditions in which everyone has access to food, and that would be about ensuring the appropriate economic conditions.”

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    • Money given to low-income mothers affects their infants’ brain activity, a study shows

      Philadelphia Inquirer

      Jan 26, 2022

      Center director Mariana Chilton was quoted in an article about a new study looking at the impact on infant brain activity after their mothers were given infusions of cash that made life easier. The study comes at a time when the federal government’s expansion of the child tax credit (CTC), which kept millions of families out of poverty, has expired with Congress showing little interest in allowing it to continue.

      “How many millions of dollars of research does it take to prove the obvious — that parents of young children need time and financial supports to help their children grow and flourish? Do we really need expensive brain scans to tell us what to do?”

       

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    • Fighting Hunger and Racial Injustice on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Every Day

      Lancaster Online

      Jan 17, 2022

      The Center's research on hunger and discrimination was cited in a letter to the editor from the head of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank discussing the need to address racial injustice in order to address hunger, food insecurity, and poverty and the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    • Community Fridges Rose From the Pandemic to Address Hunger in Philly

      Philly Voice

      Jan 15, 2022

      Center director Mariana Chilton was quoted in an article about Philadelphia's community fridges. She notes that mutual aid approaches offer an alternative to stigma and discrimination-filled public assistance programs such as SNAP.

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    • Letter to the Editor: Racial Injustice and Hunger

      NorthCentralPA.com

      Jan 13, 2022

      The Center's research on hunger and discrimination was cited in a letter to the editor from the head of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank discussing the need to address racial injustice in order to address hunger, food insecurity, and poverty and the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    • New Guaranteed Income Experiments Give Away Hundreds of Dollars Each Month to Address Wealth Gap

      People

      Jan 12, 2022

      The Center for Hunger-Free Communities' recent policy brief on universal basic income, or UBI, was referenced in an article looking at guaranteed income programs receiving increased attention in recent years as a way to curb economic inequality in the U.S.

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    • Biden's child tax credit is withdrawn, causing anger and concern

      Philadelphia Inquirer

      Jan 09, 2022

      The one-year expansion on the child tax credit expired in December, leaving millions of families to struggle to stay out of poverty yet again. Center Director Mariana Chilton weighed in on the lapse.

      “Allowing the expanded child tax credit to expire is yet another demonstration of the U.S. government’s intentional neglect of families with children, a clear example of legislative violence.” Chilton espouses universal basic income, a proposed government program in which every adult citizen receives a set amount of money regularly.

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