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From 1979 to 2013, real median compensation of all workers increased by 38%

Real compensation

That’s more than double the rate obtained when considering only cash earnings and using the conventional adjustment for inflation.

Source: 2015, Beyond the Wage Stagnation Story
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The mean annual earnings of working youth: just under $9,500

Working youth typically earn much more than pocket change, but not enough to thrive on their own.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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Cutting mandatory minimum sentences in half could save almost $2.5 billion in 10 years

Cutting mandatory minimum sentences in half could save almost $2.5 billion in 10 years

Reducing mandatory minimums for drug offenders alone would reduce prison overcrowding to the lowest it has been in decade.

Source: 2013, Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System
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The earned income tax credit delivers $60 billion a year to low-income earners

The earned income tax credit delivers $60 billion a year to low-income earners

The numbers show that some of the largest and most effective anti-poverty programs are now run through the tax code.

Source: 2014, The War on Poverty Moves to the Tax Code
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Federal spending is projected to increase by $1.4 trillion over the next decade 

growth in federal spending

Children’s programs will receive only 2 cents of every dollar of this projected increase. 

Source: 2015, Kids’ Share 2015: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2014
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2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

2 of the 30 fastest growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position

But jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree are projected to grow faster than overall job growth over the next 10 years.

Source: 2012, Labor Market and Demographic Analysis: A National Picture of Short-term Employment Growth by Skill
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