Safety Net
Raising America's Pay
Tipped Workers

Folding SNAP, housing assistance, aid for child care, and other programs into one block grant would squeeze the budgets of these programs and deprive low-income families of critical aid. View the snapshot

Though the number of immigration cases has increased dramatically, hiring of new judges has not kept pace. As a result, hundreds of thousands of immigrants wait nearly two years for a hearing. View the snapshot

Raising America’s Pay is a new EPI initiative to make wage growth an urgent national policy priority. Generating broad-based wage growth is the central economic challenge of our time—essential to addressing income inequality and boosting living standards. View the research

The minimum wage for tipped workers has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991. As a result, tipped workers are twice as likely to live in poverty. The separate tipped minimum should be eliminated. Read the report


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