The Impact of the New York City FY 2013 Executive Budget Proposal on Women, Children and Families

 Developed in collaboration with the Fiscal Policy Institute, the report highlights the disproportionate burden that the Executive Budget proposal places on women, children and families. NYWF hopes that this document will be instrumental in efforts to advance economic security and justice for all in New York City.


National Council of Women’s Organizations Launches “Respect, Protect, Reject” Campaign

This post was originally featured on the Institute for Women's Policy Research Blog on July 19, 2011. 


By Heidi Reynolds-Stenson

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Teen Feminists Really Do Care About the Budget

By Talia Weisberg

I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.

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Budget Battles and Medicaid: Reframing the Debate

By Melissa Stevenson

As an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself as an easy target when budget cuts are imminent. Wider Opportunities for Women’s recent webinar on June 30th, “Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid,” summarized the threats posed to Medicaid with presentations from Angela Shubert and Jen Beeson from Families USA, Renata Pore from the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, and Andy McDonald of BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The webinar discussion delved into how advocates can shift the perception of Medicaid among politicians and the public by reframing the conversation surrounding the Medicaid program.

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New Fact Sheet: A Balanced Budget Amendment Would Threaten Social Security

 This fact sheet explains why proposals to amend the Constitution to mandate a balanced budget would threaten Social Security benefits, even though Social Security is a self-financed, cornerstone social insurance program with dedicated revenues and a $2.6 trillion Trust Fund that can pay 100 percent of promised benefits for 25 years (and 77 percent after that).  A Balanced Budget Amendment equates to a giant raid on the Social Security Trust Fund.


Early Childhood Funding at Risk

Yesterday, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) convened a call with the National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and First Five Years Fund.  The purpose of the call was to raise awareness about the current precarious position of early childhood funding. 

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Creating Jobs Through Innovation

By Kyla Bender-Baird

According to Obama’s FY2011 Budget proposal released earlier this month, key investments for greater economic security and job creation are education, clean energy, infrastructure and innovation. An article in the Christian Science Monitor this week picks up on that last investment. Says the article,

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