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Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security

Joan Entmacher

Joan Entmacher is Vice President for Family Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center, where she leads a team working to improve policies important to the economic security of low-income women and their families, including tax and budget, child care, child support, unemployment insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and Social Security. Ms. Entmacher is a leading expert on issues affecting low-income women. She has been invited to testify before Congress on several occasions, written numerous analyses and reports on income support policies and their impact on poor women, and spoken frequently at conferences, briefings, and to the media. Prior to joining the National Women's Law Center, Ms. Entmacher served as Director of Legal and Public Policy at the National Partnership for Women & Families, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and attorney in the U.S. Department of Labor Solicitor's Office. Ms. Entmacher is a graduate of Yale Law School and Wellesley College.

My Take

Double Standards in the Economic Recovery Debate

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: February 03, 2009 at 06:31 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center

The Senate has started debating the economic recovery plan, and it could do a lot to create and preserve jobs for women and men, help families through tough times, and invest in our nation’s human capital and physical infrastructure.  But despite the dire need, the outcome in the Senate is uncertain.  Not a single House Republican voted for the package – and there’s a risk that measures important to women and families could get dropped or scaled back to make room for corporate tax breaks that will do little to create jobs.

While modest investments in Head Start are questioned, multinational corporations are mounting a “lobbying blitz” to get billions of dollars in additional tax breaks into the package.  Their goal is to get Congress to declare another “dividend repatriation” tax holiday.  This would allow corporations that shifted their profits overseas to bring them back at a super-low tax rate:  5.25% instead of the usual 35% rate on corporate profits. 

As Citizens for Tax Justice observes, this would reward corporations that moved their profits to offshore tax havens and create an incentive for them to do it again.  But – even so – would it create jobs?  If corporations knew that they had a one-time-only opportunity to bring funds back to the United States at a low tax rate, would they bring back the money and invest it in creating jobs at home?

That’s what Congress hoped when it declared the first tax holiday for multinationals in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.  But, even though Congress put restrictions on the use of the repatriated funds, several analyses of the impact of that tax break, summarized in a recent paper by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, found that it “did little more than give windfall profits to a small number of large multinational corporations and did not lead to increased investment and jobs in the United States.”  Indeed, several corporations that received billions of dollars cut thousands of jobs the following year. 

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Unhappy Holidays

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 09, 2008 at 04:32 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
and Valerie Norton, Fellow
National Women’s Law Center

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A Tax Break for Poor Families, For a Change

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: October 15, 2008 at 03:28 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center

This blog has been tracking the progress of a proposal to expand the refundable Child Tax Credit throughout the year. We’re pleased to report that it made it into law, as a tiny provision of the huge “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act” (aka the “financial bailout”). And, it’s in effect for 2008. 

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Plan Now for Security Later

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: September 02, 2008 at 02:21 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center

This September, the Center will be hosting two free webinars on women and Social Security and retirement savings. Whether you are a service provider, an advocate, or just an individual looking to learn about your options, you are welcome to register and find out more.

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WANTED: Investments in Child Support Enforcement

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: August 08, 2008 at 12:54 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center

As you know from reading this blog, NWLC’s recent poll found that most women are feeling economically insecure and want the government to do more to help – including by investing in child support enforcement.

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