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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

Tell Congress to Support the President's Budget

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: March 20, 2009 at 04:56 pm

by Joan Entmacher, Jocelyn Samuels and Judy Waxman
National Women’s Law Center

Think it’s time for new priorities — for a budget that puts the needs of women and their families ahead of the special interests? Then it’s time to act.

Call your Members of Congress today and tell them to support the President’s budget priorities

For the past eight years, we’ve opposed Administration budgets that cut supports for vulnerable women and children and neglected fundamental needs while redistributing wealth to the very wealthiest and piling up debt.

President Obama’s budget sets a dramatically different course. It turns away from the failed economic policies of the past and makes investments critical to our families and our future. It makes a serious down payment on comprehensive health reform, invests in education, starting with the first years of life, provides additional supports for those most vulnerable, and strengthens civil rights enforcement and worker protections. And it does so in a fair and responsible way: by cutting corporate subsidies, closing corporate tax loopholes, and beginning to make the very wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

The fight over this budget is on — and it’s tough. While women are scrambling to make ends meet, powerful special interests are mobilizing to hang on to their tax breaks, their subsidies, and their padded contracts — and defeat President Obama's budget.

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It's Time for Families to File for Tax Credits

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: March 19, 2009 at 07:25 pm

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

As the April 15 federal tax filing deadline approaches, it's vital that families in your community have the information they need about the state and federal tax credits for which they may be eligible.

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Can We Talk About the Other 99%?

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: March 11, 2009 at 05:56 pm

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

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Economic Recovery - Our Latest Analysis

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: February 13, 2009 at 03:54 pm

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

Congress is about to vote on final passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — a bill that creates and preserves jobs for women and men, helps families through tough times, and invests in our future.

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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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