Low-income refundable tax credits have lifted 110,000 Wisconsinites out of poverty each year, on average, from 2011 to 2013, and another 130,000 were lifted out of poverty each year, on average, from 2009 to 2011 due to SNAP.
“Banning the box will remove a huge barrier to employment and provide job seekers with opportunities to find family supporting jobs which will grow our local economy, strengthen our communities and reduce poverty,” says 9to5 Wisconsin member Rhonda Willette.
Wisconsin was a trailblazing state in the 1980’s passing the first state family and medical leave law. Today, Wisconsin has a chance to catch up with the national trend of paid family and medical leave insurance. In an op-ed printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug 3rd, 9to5 Interim State Director Astar Herndon makes the case for pending state legislation.
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