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Economic Security Issues

Bolster the Middle Class with an Earned Income Tax Credit

A state Earned Income Tax Credit would provide a much-needed boost for hardworking families. This bottom-up tax cut builds the middle class, spurs local economic growth, and provides long-term benefits to families and communities. Updated February 2021
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Missouri Can Stimulate Economy, Aid Struggling Families While Rebuilding Unemployment Trust Fund

By directing a small portion of remaining federal COVID relief funds to Missourians who have exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits, state lawmakers have the opportunity to stimulate local economies and help Missourians struggling to pay their bills – while
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COVID $$ to Unemployment Trust Fund?

Last week, Missouri legislators convened a Special Legislative Session to discuss allocation of the remainder of the Coronavirus Relief Fund in Missouri. While the Governor’s Supplemental Budget request and House Bill 14, the corresponding supplemental appropriations bill, both
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SNAP Primer 2020

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a vital role in reducing food insecurity and provides a critical boost to local economies throughout the state. Learn more about SNAP eligibility and benefits, who utilizes SNAP, and its impact on health and other
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A Portrait of Missouri’s Essential Workforce

Each day, essential workers provide healthcare, put food on our tables, deliver essential supplies, or provide the transportation, childcare, and other services necessary to keep us all safe and healthy during the pandemic. Yet too many workers in these industries do not have the
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Coronavirus Response: Ensuring Food Assistance to Missourians

The drastic increase in unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will contribute to rising demand for food assistance as an increasing number of Missourians struggle to make ends meet. To meet this surge in demand, the federal government is providing an additional $26.8
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Direct Economic Relief for Missourians in the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27th, provides a number of supports to states, families and individuals which are intended to provide economic relief and counteract some of the damaging effects of the COVID-19
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The Crisis We Face: How Missouri Can Respond to the Economic Impacts of COVID-19

The health and economic effects of the Coronavirus will require an aggressive state and local policy response to help families make ends meet and avoid disastrous economic consequences. It is critical for Missouri to act in tandem with federal responses in order to cushion the
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Budget Basics: Community Services for Seniors & People with Disabilities

This primer is intended to serve as a guide for Missourians who care about community services for Missouri’s seniors & people with disabilities, and increase the transparency of the budget by providing information on where key programs can be found in the budget bills.
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Budget Basics: Public Health & Nutrition

This primer is intended to serve as a guide for Missourians who care about programs affecting family economic security, and increase the transparency of the budget by providing information on where key programs can be found in the budget bills. View the 2021 Version View the 2020
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