Structurally Unsound: The Impact of Using Block Grants to Fund Economic Security Programs

Block grants are fundamentally ill-equipped to support basic living standards compared to other structures, especially those that meaningfully guarantee adequate benefits or services.

Unworkable & Unwise

Conditioning Access to Programs that Ensure a Basic Foundation for Families on Work Requirements

Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison

GCPI and the Vera Institute of Justice make the case for how lifting the current ban on awarding Pell Grants to incarcerated people would benefit workers, employers, and states. 



Citizenship Question Nonresponse: A Demographic Profile

Adding the citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census will likely sacrifice accuracy and increase costs. This report provides in-depth analysis of nonresponse rates for the citizenship question on the American Community Survey to demonstrate the likely impacts for 2020.   Read Full Report 2020 CENSUS

Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America's Lowest-Paid Families


GCPI and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights make the case for raising the wages of people working for tips, the federal minimum wage, or less. This report is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experience of our nation’s lowest-paid working people.

Workers in a Factory


Promising strategies for creating more quality jobs


The next generation of tax & benefits strategies


Protecting & advancing inclusive & equitable democratic institutions









“Joined together, poverty and racism have created a toxic mixture that mocks our democratic rhetoric of equal opportunity and equal protection under the law.” – Peter Edelman, Faculty Director

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