Washington, DC - On December 4th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on opportunities to support America’s struggling lower-middle-class. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin kicked off the forum with framing remarks, followed by two panel discussions anchored around new proposals for a secondary earner tax deduction and opportunities to strengthen SNAP.
Links to the new papers and event materials – including full audio and video – are included below and can be found on the event page here. We’ve also included pull quotes from the three panel discussions for your convenience. The full transcript from the forum will be available tomorrow morning.
Panel 1: Making Work Pay for Secondary Earners:
Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at AEI, and Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management & Budget and the Congressional Budget Office, joined Melissa Kearney and Lesley Turner of the University of Maryland to discuss their proposal for a secondary earner tax deduction to help “make work pay” for both spouses in low income families.
Audio download: Listen to hear the introduction and Panel 1 discussion.
Panel 2: Strengthening SNAP to Fight Food Insecurity
Joel Berg, Executive Director of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger; James Ziliak, Director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky; and Robert Greenstein, President of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, joined a panel with Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of Northwestern University to discuss her proposal to strengthen the food stamp (SNAP) program.
Audio download: Listen to the Panel 2 discussion.
Panel 3: Building Ladders of Opportunity for America’s Lower-Income Families
The forum concluded with a discussion between Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and David Leonhardt, Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Times, on the challenges facing America’s lower-middle-class families.
Audio download: Listen to the Panel 3 discussion.
To stay in touch with The Hamilton Project, follow us on Twitter at @HamiltonProj.
For more information, please contact Karen Anderson at email@example.com or 202-797-6023.
Phone: (202) 540-7738