David Socolow is Director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where he leads CLASP’s work to advance state and federal policies that increase access to and success in workforce development, career pathways, and postsecondary education for low-income, lower-skilled adults. Mr. Socolow has worked to promote workers’ economic security in federal and state government, on Capitol Hill, and in both union and corporate roles. He served for four years as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, after serving as Director of New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Division, and as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Socolow was also Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Pinnacle Foods Inc.; as chief of staff to a Member of Congress; and as legislative representative at the AFL-CIO. He has an undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
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October 20, 2015
After waiting until the last possible minute to act, Congress recently averted a shutdown of the federal government by passing a “Continuing Resolution” (CR) for the 2016 federal fiscal year that began on October 1, 2015. Yet this short-term action, which only keeps the government open until mid-December, can’t be counted as an accomplishment because the CR fails fundamentally to meet the resource needs of programs that support low-income families by merely continuing last year’s inadequate funding levels—the lowest in a decade, adjusted for inflation—for all annually appropriated federal...