Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


Don't Go Small on Infrastructure

By raising taxes on the wealthy and redirecting other public resources, we can meet everyone’s needs and strengthen our economy.


A Plan to End Poverty in the United States

A new congressional resolution asserts it’s not only possible to end poverty, but morally necessary.


America's Immigration Solution

What's the answer to declining births, labor shortages, and spending shortfalls? Immigration. Just ask Germany.


To Some, Reparations Are Common Sense

Three white Jeopardy contestants recently thought reparations had already been paid. It made me feel strangely optimistic.


Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis"

People escaping violence have a right to seek safety. If they can’t, that’s the real crisis.


If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the US Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't.


Bombing Syria vs. Raising Wages: When Do the Rules Apply?

The Biden administration is bending rules to drop bombs but not raise wages. That’s a mistake.


The COVID Deal is a Welcome Stopgap. Congressional Progressives Aim for Much More in 2021.

The Progressive Caucus has unveiled a legislative agenda designed to meet the scale of the pandemic catastrophe and reduce our vulnerability to future crises.


With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World

Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too.


After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief

People did not turn out in record numbers in the midst of a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. They want policy change based on a moral agenda.