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By Rich Williams

NCSL’s Family Economic Success Program (FES) provides bipartisan resources on policies that support economic opportunities for families.

The strategies lawmakers have pursued in the family economic arena are diverse—from policies that support career pathways, to mechanisms that encourage family asset development, to measures that bolster a safety net for families navigating hard times.

As 2019 sessions approach, it is up to each legislator to find what works best for their state and their constituents. The below recent resources were produced by many of the national experts that have supported NCSL’s FES work and may be informative to you in your work this coming year.


  • The Demographics of Wealth. Bill Emmons, economist and assistant vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. (The Demographics of Wealth series takes a deep dive into the demographic factors surrounding wealth accumulation in the United States.)
  • “There’s More Skilled Work Than Workers—and That’s a Problem.” Annie E. Casey podcast, Brooke DeRenzis, director of national partnerships, National Skills Coalition. (The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton talks with the National Skills Coalition’s Brooke DeRenzis and Rob Garcia about building and sustaining a skilled labor force and why this work is so important for America’s children, families and future.)
  • The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA). Brent Parton, deputy director, New America. (PAYA is a collaborative initiative designed to support the growth and success of emerging and existing youth apprenticeship partnerships in cities and states across the United States. This new national effort focuses on the potential of youth apprenticeship programs to serve the needs of students, employers and communities.)

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Rich Williams is a program manager in NCSL's Family Economic Success Program.

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