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Raise Minimum Wage and Protect Workers Rights

Jewish Daily Forward | January 8, 2013

The minimum wage was created in 1938 to help reduce poverty. Today that goal has been abandoned, as Congress has resisted raising the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living, and millions of full-time workers are unable to make ends meet. The president should make raising the minimum wage, securing worker's rights, and immigration reform priorities in his second term.

Jewish groups praise fiscal cliff deal, remain concerned about future cuts

Haaretz | January 4, 2013

While not totally satisfied with the results, many Jewish groups have come out in support of Congress’ last-minute efforts to reach a fiscal cliff deal, including Bend the Arc. CEO Alan van Capelle said the deal “clearly establishes the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.”

Jewish groups praise fiscal cliff deal, remain concerned about future cuts

JTA | January 3, 2013

Bend the Arc called Congress’ actions to avert the fiscal cliff “an imperfect deal, yet nonetheless one worth supporting.” The deal “clearly establishes the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.”

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Jewish Groups Fight Cuts, Stay Quiet On Taxes

The Jewish Week | December 31, 2012

Bend the Arc has made the expiration of tax cuts for top earners a central agenda item. It recently garnered about 300 signatures from Jewish clergy members in a letter to Congress calling for the expiration of tax cuts on annual income above $250,000. It has also held parlors across the country and organized a lobbying day last week.

As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Jewish umbrella groups fight cuts but are quiet on taxes

Arizona Jewish Post | December 28, 2012

“If the community is going to seek governmental funding to support its many worthwhile services, it’s incumbent upon those of us who can afford to do so to pay a tax rate commensurate with the services,” said Doug Mirell, a Bend the Arc board member.

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