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Working Families: A Legislator's Toolkit

A LEGISLATIVE MESSAGE

FamilyAt the beginning of the new millennium, a team of Iowa legislators and staff began addressing the needs of families where families begin: with children. They focused their efforts by asking a fundamental question: What is the cost of family failure?

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EARNED INCOME TAX CREDITS

NewsLearn more about federal and state EITCs and what public and private sector efforts are underway to help families keep more of their hard earned money.

STATE ACTION MAP

Interactive mapThis map shows the states that have attended the Opportunities for Working Families Leadership Forum from 2003-2012. Click on the map to go to the page that displays a full interactive map that will allow you to see a state's action plan, participants and legislative actions resulting from the meeting.

 

 

 

 

PODCAST: FOSTER YOUTH AND SAVINGS

NewsQiana Torres Flores (NCSL Working Families Project) and Nina Williams-Mnbengue (NCSL Child Welfare Project) talk about how foster youth are using individual development accounts to save and make a smoother transition out of care and into adulthood.    

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

JobsStates have employed an array of strategies to upgrade the skills of workers and to create jobs. Browse these NCSL workforce and economic development resources to learn more.   

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OVERVIEW | WORKING FAMILIES

Half of all American's cannot get $2,000 in thirty days. That means that many people are a major car repair or an unexpected medical bill away from a financial crisis. The vast majority of families—82.2 percent in 2008—have at least one member who works. Yet, despite their efforts, many of these families face significant challenges to achieving their goal of economic security.

Since 2002, The National Conference of State Legislatures / Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success has assisted legislators who want to create more opportunities for working families to succeed.   

Learn more about working families issues at NCSL.
 

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