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State EITCs, Minimum Wage Trends, Health Care Satisfaction, Low-Income Legal Assistance, Uninsured Children

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that a rising number of low-income working families are being helped by state level Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

A new briefing paper regarding "Minimum Wage Trends: Understanding Past and Contemporary Research" from the Economic Policy Institute concludes by noting that an increase in the minimum wage to $7.25/hr. would impact 14.9 million workers, 80% of whom are adults, and many of whom are primary breadwinners in their families.

The Employee Benefit Research Institute released their "2006 Health Confidence Survey" which found a doubling in dissatisfaction with America's health care system in the last eight years.

A study released by Legal Services of New Jersey finds that over the past year, nearly 120,000 low-income New Jerseyans were turned away from free legal assistance due to a lack of resources. The report, entitled "People Without Lawyers: New Jersey's Civil Legal Justice Gap Continues," also found that 99 percent of defendants in landlord-tenant eviction cases at state courts were not represented by a lawyer.

North Carolina needs to decrease the number of uninsured children as a recent report found that the number of uninsured children rose almost 18 percent since 2000. The Action for Children North Carolina and the North Carolina Institute for Medicine report found that almost 12 percent of all children in North Carolina are uninsured.