More than two dozen advocacy and direct-service organizations from across the commonwealth, including the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition as the founder of this effort, have united to champion measures to help working families care for their children and get ahead.
The newly formed statewide Making Work Pay PA Coalition (MWPP) officially announced its formation in an audio press conference on Tuesday morning and outined nine administrative and legislative recommendations that will underpin coalition advocacy efforts in the coming months.
Formerly known as the Cliff-Effect Initiative, MWPP recommendations would improve existing family-sustaining programs, introduce a new tax credit and aid low-wage workers in providing for the needs of their families by:
- Eliminating asset tests for TANF and SNAP;
- Establishing a statewide earned income tax credit (EITC);
- Increasing the income limit for childcare subsidies to 270% of the Federal Poverty Limit;
- Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.