We are experiencing an unprecedented national economic crisis, which is having a disproportionate affect on people at the bottom of the economic ladder. Low-income people are losing jobs to layoffs, homes to foreclosures, and benefits to budget cuts. States around the country are facing massive budget deficits, and are dealing with the crisis through a combination of devastating budget cuts and regressive tax increases. In Massachusetts, the budget gap has spiraled to $2 billion. So far, the state legislature’s proposals have not resolved the grave fiscal problems confronting us.