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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

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 02:28 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 01:21 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 11:54 am

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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A Little Good Economic News: The Minimum Wage Goes Up Today!

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: July 24, 2008 at 06:38 pm

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

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One Tax Loophole Gets Closed. Could We Make It a Trend?

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: June 18, 2008 at 08:22 pm

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

Yesterday, President Bush actually closed a tax loophole. Defense contractors had been setting up shell subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in payroll taxes. Now, they’ll have to start paying the taxes they owe to support Social Security and Medicare.

Of course, cracking down on abuses by defense contractors wasn’t the reason President Bush signed the bill. The new law provides tax assistance for military families -- a cause so popular that the bill passed the House 403 to 0 and the Senate by unanimous consent. So, at least this time, President Bush was willing to set aside his belief that tax cuts should not be financed by raising other revenues.

But, when it comes to closing much larger loopholes exploited by super-wealthy private investment fund managers, President Bush and his allies on Capitol Hill so far are giving no sign that they are willing to relent.

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