09.27.16

National Urban League Supports Senator Baldwin’s Stronger Way Act

Bold legislation to fight poverty with real solutions continues to gain support from leaders in Wisconsin and across the country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced support from the National Urban League for her Stronger Way Act, bold legislation she has introduced with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to fight poverty with real solutions.

“The National Urban League applauds the Stronger Way Act’s focus on lifting families and individuals out of poverty through the transitional jobs program approach and by supporting work through expansions of the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “We believe the Stronger Way Act, introduced by Senators Baldwin and Booker, will be an important added strategy in our effort to reduce unemployment for individuals and families who must overcome barriers to accessing those jobs that provide a living wage. As a nonprofit, national intermediary organization, we look forward to seeing this legislation enacted and participating in its implementation.”

Last weekend, Senator Baldwin attended the Community Brainstorming Meeting in Milwaukee where she joined a dialogue on workforce development and career planning with community leaders including President and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League, Ralph Hollmon. While at the community brainstorming meeting, Baldwin highlighted her work on The Stronger Way Act, legislation that will help meet the challenge of lifting people up and out of poverty with respect, opportunity, and the dignity of work.

“I want to commend Senator Baldwin for her leadership on this important issue,” said Ralph Hollmon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Milwaukee Urban League. “We know that having a job that pays a family supporting wage is one of the best ways to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. For many individuals who have difficulty finding employment, the transitional jobs program is their best hope of getting into the workforce and earning money in a positive, productive way.” 

Specifically, The Stronger Way Act creates a new federal partnership to support state and local transitional jobs programs; rewards work with tax reforms that raise incomes for working families and individuals; and targets tax credits to working families with children.

Background on The Stronger Way Act is available here