by: MaryAnne Howland
When thinking of immigration reform, we must ask ourselves what we want for the country. From a business perspective, important goals to aim for are innovation and entrepreneurship. And although there's no simple recipe for achieving them, one key ingredient is diversity.
Smart business leaders know this. The most successful corporations strive to be the "Employer of Choice," looking to recruit the best and brightest in a multicultural marketplace. They know they need the best skills and talent to deliver the innovation that leads to the best products and service in an increasingly competitive economy.
by: Luz Vega-Marquis
Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet?
What exactly does it take to make it in America?
The working poor are not fundamentally different, nor do they practice some kind of magical math that allows them to support their families on wages that would sink your own.
This year, President Obama called for a raise in the federal minimum wage from $7.
by: Dara Richardson-Heron, Wade Henderson
We have had several thought-provoking conversations recently about a new and surprising description of women's status in America. According to the latest Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a study by journalist Maria Shriver and the Washington think tank Center for American Progress, American women are at risk of "backsliding" from their achievements in rights and opportunities over the past half-century.
The reason, the report says, is that policymakers have ignored a "seismic shift" in American family life: Three-quarters of all moms are in the U.
by: Jeanie Smith
It is tax time again, and I've been hearing a lot about the possibility of a State Earned Income Tax Credit -- a tax credit for working families that would piggyback off the federal EITC. Over the last two years, I've seen more and more support for a state EITC, and finally, legislators are considering instituting one for Kentucky.
I think they should. The past two years my husband has been in school. We have two small boys, and we qualified for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which means that we'd also have qualified for a state EITC. The largest credits go to families with incomes between about $10,000 and $23,000, then the credit gradually tapers off at about $38,000 to $52,000, depending on family size.
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