The Department of Labor Wants to Let Employers Take Workers’ Tips

A proposed DOL rule could mean that the extra 20 percent you left for that friendly server may soon be going into her boss’s pocket, argues David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute.

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Medicaid Work Requirements Will Threaten Coverage for Low-Income Americans

The Trump administration’s new policy won’t actually help beneficiaries work but would make it much harder for people to qualify for Medicaid and stay covered.

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Work Requirements Will Strengthen Medicaid for Society’s Most Vulnerable

Akash Chougule of Americans For Prosperity argues that the Trump administration’s new Medicaid rules will help connect able-bodied people to work and free up more money for people with disabilities.

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Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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Spotlight Exclusives includes commentaries from policymakers, advocates, academics, and other contributors from all points on the political spectrum, as well as Out of the Spotlight blog posts from our team. New headlines on poverty and economic mobility are posted daily.

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State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

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