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United States Middle Class Task Force

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Works: 8 works in 13 publications in 1 language and 1,687 library holdings
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Green jobs a pathway to a strong middle class by United States ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The White House Task Force on the Middle Class has a simple mandate: to find, highlight, and implement solutions to the economic challenges facing the American middle class. With that mandate at our backs, it is no accident that we chose to focus on green jobs at our very first taskforce meeting in Philadelphia, PA on February 27. There are many reasons for our interest in green jobs. The Obama/Biden Administration is deeply committed to reforming how we create and consume energy in America. Part of this project of reform is the work of many different officials and agencies within the government to promote the creation of green jobs. Green jobs have the potential to be quality, family-sustaining jobs that also help improve our environment. They are largely domestic jobs that can't be offshored. They tend to pay more than other jobs, even controlling for worker characteristics. Moreover, green jobs are an outgrowth of a larger movement to reform the way we create and use energy in both this country and the rest of the world. They represent a growth sector, and one that offers the dual promise of providing good jobs while meeting the environmental challenge to reduce our dependence on finite fossil fuels that generate harmful carbon emissions."--P. [1]
Subsidized jobs helping Americans get back to work ( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Middle Class Task Force has always been careful to include those who aspire to rise into the middle class as an important target of our efforts. Upward mobility for families who work hard and play by the rules is a fundamental American value, and part of our mandate is to promote such mobility for less-advantaged families. Of course, how these families fare is in large part dependent on the jobs available to their working members. In this case, the fact that unemployment has been particularly elevated for low-income households means that as usual, the recent recession has been hardest on the least well off. One program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has been particularly effective at reaching these workers is the subsidized jobs program included in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This program is helping tens of thousands of low-income families get back to work in what, even with recent gains, remains a tough job market. It is helping employers by offsetting the costs of hiring. And it is helping communities by putting more money in the pockets of folks who will spend their paychecks, creating ripple or multiplier effects leading to more economic activity and jobs. In the interest of building on the nascent jobs recovery in progress, extending this program, which sunsets at the end of this September, is an Obama Administration priority. As more states stand up these efficient programs to the benefit of workers, employers, and their communities, we encourage Congress to act quickly and take advantage of the positive momentum behind this subsidized jobs program."--Introduction
Why middle class Americans need health reform ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Middle class Americans across the country are demanding health reform. Businesses and families are struggling under the increasing financial burden of rising health care costs, and even middle class Americans with health insurance are struggling as their out of pocket health care costs continue to rise. Some employers are facing a decision between scaling back on coverage and laying off workers, and many--especially small businesses--are dropping coverage altogether. Middle class families often find themselves without adequate protection against a major illness and have difficulty obtaining the care they need, and an increasing number are now uninsured. Even among those able to get insurance through their job, middle class Americans are less likely to have a choice in their plan or provider compared to higher-income workers. This report highlights the struggles that middle class Americans face in the current health care system. By examining cost, coverage, access, and choice, this report shows how the current system has failed the middle class and why we must enact health reform this year
Financing the dream securing college affordability for the middle class by United States ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A central goal of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class is to ensure that public policy is helping middle-class families to realize their aspirations. At the heart of those aspirations is the deep-seated desire of parents to ensure that their children have the opportunity to realize their potential. For many families, this means making sure their children can afford a college education. And for many of those same families, this challenge has been growing for years, such that today, paying for college strains many family budgets to the breaking point. This staff report focuses on the challenges of paying for college in America today. The report briefly outlines the problem before turning to potential solutions. We focus only 'briefly' on the challenges facing families because this problem is well understood: the growth of college tuition is far outpacing that of family income. Some of this difference can be made up through borrowing for college, which is an important and nearly universally pursued option that we discuss in detail below. But parents ought to be able to put their children through college without assuming crushing debt burdens or placing those burdens on their children. It is also the case that in recent years, various problems have surfaced in the student loan market; we have attempted to address these problems in the Obama administration's budget, which is currently under debate in the United States Congress. This report focuses mostly on solutions, exploring policy steps that have already been taken and new steps that should be considered in order to make college more affordable to all families who aspire to provide a college education for their children. President Obama has set a goal that by 2020, America should once again lead the world in the proportion of adults with a college degree. This does not imply that every high school graduate should attain at least a bachelor's degree, but the President is committed to making sure that every student has the opportunity to earn a postsecondary credential or degree."--P. 1
Recovery through retrofit by United States ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helping middle class families by United States ( )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Middle Class Task Force green jobs update by United States ( )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Middle class in America ( )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity United States. White House Task Force on the Middle Class

controlled identity White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families (U.S.)

Middle Class Task Force (U.S.)
United States. Office of the Vice President. Middle Class Task Force
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English (13)