Paths to Economic Security

Time to Invest in Affordable Child Care Through Basic Sliding Fee, Updated February 2017
Affordable child care allows parents to work, children to thrive in safe, reliable care settings, and employers to hire and keep the workers they need. Basic Sliding Fee, part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program, reduces the monthly costs for child care for families living across the state. But funding has decreased by 25 percent since 2003 in inflation-adjusted dollars and waiting lists have grown. This issue brief highlights the benefits of Basic Sliding Fee, and how increasing reimbursements to child care providers could give parents more options for care across the state.

Thousands of Minnesotans Would Lose Basic Food Support Under U.S. House Proposal, August 2013
A proposal under consideration in the U.S. House would drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ending critical food assistance for for thousands of Minnesotans. The proposed cuts would increase hunger among Minnesotans who still struggle to put food on the table during the slow economic recovery.

The Basics of Cap and Trade, June 2010
A cap and trade system is one approach to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It caps the total amount of carbon pollution that can be emitted in a given area, and gives pollution permits or “allowances” to individual companies to meet those goals. Companies that are able to reduce their carbon emissions can profit by trading part of their permitted emission to other firms.

 

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