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September 18, 2018 Newsletter – MASSCAP

Massachusetts Association for Community Action

MASSCAP Newsletter – September 18, 2018

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DID YOU KNOW: About Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Director, MassBudget and " Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward” Author

Nancy started her career in Community Action - in a WIC program overseen by ABCD…She has also worked at Massachusetts Senate Post Audit and Oversight Bureau and has been a policy and program analyst at the state Department of Public Health, a human services agency planner, and a special education advocate...

Nancy sees her role and MassBudget's role as providing credible research as essential tools for advocating for policy change. As Kids Count Director, she helps advocate to ensure that the most vulnerable kids are not left out. She knows that information is empowering and credible data and truths support policy change.

The report commissioned by MASSCAP and published in May 2018, Obstacles on the Road To Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward, was a chance to tell an important story about why policy choices matter in the lives of people across the Commonwealth. Policy choices from the past still have an impact today. This report also shows how we can remove obstacles to opportunity by providing access to well-paying work and well-resourced communities.

POLICY MATTERS: Past, Present and Future

Policy choices from the past still have an impact today

See newsletter for bullet points on:

  • Today's wage gap didn't just happen
  • Racial disparities are the result of policy choices
  • War on Poverty brought Great Society Legislation in 1960's


Choices we make today will impact our future

2 positive steps toward equal opportunity
MA will increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30% of the federal tax credit in the FY19 budget. This will mean a significant increase in tax credit for those eligible (from approximately $1,500 to $2,000).

MA will increase the minimum wage from $11 to $15 over the next five years. The bill also includes provisions to establish a paid family and medical leave program.


Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Forums
Worcester Community Action Council, Oct. 5 with special guest Congressman Jim McGovern

Community Action of Pioneer Valley, Springfield Partners for Community Action and Valley Opportunity Council, Oct. 26


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