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EARN groups produce research, fact sheets, issue briefs, and multimedia resources on a multitude of topics to help inform public policy in a way that will strengthen the economy for working people.



We Must Keep our Promises to the Low-Wage Workers who Keep Maryland Communities Going

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on Maryland communities’ deep reliance on the workers who keep families fed, care for aging adults, and maintain sanitary public spaces. Yet these same workers too often take home wages that cannot support a family, let alone compensate for the daily risks their jobs require. As policymakers respond […]

COVID-19 responses

  • March 23, 2020
  • EARN Staff

EARN Groups across the country are assembling policy resources, guidance, and recommendations to help their state address the crisis. Read those materials here.


Black policy matters: Toward an antiracist policy agenda

“There is no such thing as a nonracist or race-neutral policy. Every policy in every institution in every community in every nation is producing or sustaining either racial inequity or equity between racial groups.” (Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist, August 13, 2019) Since 2000, Policy Matters Ohio has provided an essential voice in […]


Black Workers Matter: How the District’s History of Exploitation & Discrimination Continues to Harm Black Workers

The District’s economy is strong on a number of important indicators such as employment, job growth, and increased wages, but the overall trends mask staggering racial inequalities. The District’s deep history of exploitation and discrimination against Black workers—including stolen labor when DC was a hub for slavery, restrictions of free Black workers to the lowest-paid […]