Too many American families are struggling to get by, advance to the middle class and provide a secure future for their children. This report takes a hard look at why so many working families are struggling, how state and federal policies are falling short, and what we can do to prevent the pursuit of the American dream from becoming a national nightmare. 

October 31, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Myths and facts about low-income working families.

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    Four tips for guiding federal action in aiding these families.

  3. 3

    How support for poor working families varies by state.

  4. 4

    Ways states can — and must — do more to help these families.

Key Takeaway

For millions of families, the goal of economic self-sufficiency remains stubbornly out of reach

More than one in four working families in America now earn wages so low that they have difficulty surviving financially. Our society must do more to ensure that these workers can make ends meet and build a future for their families.

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