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Increasing Financial Awareness
In 2012, nearly 56% of Americans had no "rainy day" funds. There is evidence that many Americans, especially the younger generation, are not equipped in money management skills. Financial planning can increase fiscal stability and yeild higher future returns. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Women In Government and the ESO PRC would like to highlight the need to invest in educating for financial literacy. Find out more about the 30 steps path to financial literacy HERE and view our info graphic HERE.  
Status of Women In the States
The Institute of Women's Policy Research has launched the first release in its series, Status of Women in the States:2015. The first release analyzes data related to women's employment and earnings and offers state-by-state comparisons. Visit the interactive site to access data state-by-state and for all subsequent data releases HERE
States Challenge 'Aging Out' of the Foster Care System
Young people from foster care face the same problems as many young adults face but without the supports of a permanent family. When these young adults "age out" of the system at 18, they are more likely to face adverse results. In an effort to combat this, many states have changed the foster age cutoff from 18 to 21, which extends benefits. This has produced some positive results but also provides challenges in reshaping the system. Read the Stateline article to find out more HERE
Page Announcement
In an effort to better represent the policy scope of this page, Women In Government is changing its name to, "Economic Stability and Opportunities." This policy resource center seeks to help individuals and families achieve financial stability and increased access to opportunities. We feel that the new name more accurately reflects the overall goals of the ESO resource center and resonates with our audiences more. Please be aware that WIG is still in the process of changing the names on all of our materials. Some may reflect our old title, "Economic Security and Opportunities," but will be changed as soon as possible.  
Measuring Access to Opportunity
This new KIDS COUNT data snapshot, illustrates how traditional methods of measuring poverty may paint an innaccurate picture of the actual state of poverty in the United States. The brief introduces the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to give a more accurate picture of how families are faring and what public programs are working. This can be useful to policy makers who would like to see how effective specific government interventions have been in decreasing poverty rates. Access the Data Snapshot HERE.  
Juvenile Incarceration Reform
New York City's Board of Correction approved a new rule which prohibits the use of solitary confinement to punish inmates aged 21 and under on Rikers Island. The rationale of the reform is that because their brains are still developing, young people are more vulnerable to the destructive psychological effects of extended isolation. This new rule provides an incremental step toward greater juvenile incarceration reforms. Read more, HERE
Dueling Measures of Poverty in the United States
The U.S. Census Bureau utilizes two different measures of poverty which show different pictures of low-income America. The official measure does not take into account most safefy net programs. States that benefit from these programs may end up looking much poorer than reality. The Supplemental Poverty Measure takes into account safety net benefits, cost of living, and other adjustments that states receive. An interactive map released by Pew displays state by state differences in these measures. To view how your state ranks, you can access the original Pew article HERE
New Research Studies What Happens to Housing Assistance Leavers
The goal of housing assistance programs is to encourage asset building and self-sufficiency. Research released by the Urban Institute studies why families leave housing assistance and how they cope when assistance ends. This research found that individuals who have left housing assistance appear to be doing better than those still receiving assistance. Those who left due to negative reasons appear to be worse off than those who left for positive reasons. This research can provide policy makers with insights into developing targeted assistance programs and can be found here.   
Suburbs See Poverty Rise
Across the country, there are now more impoverished people living in suburbs than living in cities. Poverty in the United States is a complex issue and traditional views have yet to catch up with changing realities.The number of Americans living below the federal poverty level rose from 33.9 million to 46.2 million between 2000 to 2011 and the number of suburban poor grew by 64 percent. This shift from urban poor to suburban poor may require changes to policies regarding poverty. To learn more read the Stateline article, here
Child Well-being in 2014: New KIDS COUNT Data Book from AECF
The Kids Count Data Book is an annual publication released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It assesses child welfare across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The 2014 Kids Count Data Book is the Casey Foundation's 25th edition of its signature publication. The report utilizes 16 indicators to rank states in overall child well-being. There are also four domains in which states are ranked: 1) economic well-being 2) education 3) health 4) family and community. To find out how your state ranks, follow the link here
The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice in 2014
The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by juvenile-justice advocates to revisit the sentences of inmates convicted as juveniles for murder and sentenced to life without parole. According to Governing, in light of the Court's 2012 decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that children under 18 convicted of homicide could no longer receive mandatory sentences of life without parole, there has been much discussion and confusion about the retroactive application of this decision. While some states like Texas have said the decision is retroactive, others like Pennsylvania are restricting its application. (Read More)
The Job Outlook in 2014
Job creation remains the first priority for states in 2014. "From its highest to lowest point, the U.S. economy lost 8.74 million jobs during the recession. Since employment bottomed out in early 2010, jobs have risen by 7.45 million. Moody’s expects employment to return to its previous peak in mid-2014." (Stateline, 2014) In its "State of the States", Stateline takes a more in-depth look at the country's job outlook, analyzing indicators across states and industries. (Read More)
Equal Pay Day - April 8, 2014
As we recognize Equal Pay Day, the gender pay gap persists, ranging from women making 77 percent to 84 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Some measurements include both part-time and full-time workers and if you look at the pay gap for young women, it appears that they have almost caught up, making 93 percent of what their male counterparts earn. The pay gap persists for various reasons including women taking career interruptions to raise a family, women continuing to work in lower paying occupations, and general gender discrimination. To read more, click here.
Race for Results: A New AECF Report
Examining kids, race, and opportunity, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has published a new report titled "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children" (2014). The report presents a new Race for Results index featuring 12 indicators that measure children's success across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. Read the full report here.
The EITC in 2014: Potential Expansion in the States?
In 2014, nine states have introduced bills that would create (4 states) or expand (5 states) the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a credit that works as a rebate for state taxes paid by the working poor. Learn more about the history, state policy action, and current analysis of this program here. You can also view additional information here in our resource center.
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