Solvency and Adequacy for the Social Security System: Perspectives of African Americans and White Americans

This 2012 poll conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies finds that majorities of black Americans and white Americans hold the same views about proposals that would foster solvency and proposals that would improve benefit adequacy within the Social Security system. For example, to foster solvency, majorities of the two groups favor enrolling new state and local government employees in the system and oppose reducing the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

Creating Public Awareness Campaigns that Work

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University hosted a discussion about the secrets to designing and implementing public awareness efforts to get messages heard and to encourage meaningful action on behalf of constituents. Topics covered included planning, messaging, and coordinated grassroots activism and engagement.

The Deep South and Medicaid Expansion: The View From Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands Medicaid so that it can provide health insurance to a larger pool of low income uninsured adults, including adults with no children and whose incomes are below about $16,000 a year. The federal government will pay the entire cost for the first three years, and after that states will pay 10 percent and the federal government 90 percent. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruled that states may choose whether or not to participate in the expansion.

Retirement Confidence in the Education Sector: Comparisons by Race

During the economic doldrums that have followed The Great Recession, employees in the education sector (administrators, staff, and teachers or faculty at both the K-12 level and the post-secondary level) are confident about both their retirement savings behavior and their likely retirement outcomes. African American and white American employees in the education sector are more optimistic about their retirement planning and prospects than are U.S. workers overall.

Further to Go: Job Creation in African American Communities

This Issue Brief, one of a series on African American employment that the Joint Center will publish in the coming months, is also Part 1 of a larger Joint Center report entitled, “Building a Healthy Economy: Creating Employment Opportunity and Equity.” This brief examines and analyzes data from the 25 states with substantial African American populations. Subsequent briefs will focus on data from the 18 cities with African American mayors and African American populations over 100,000 and on industries and occupations with significant employment opportunities for African Americans.