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  • Chart Book: The Legacy of the Great Recession
    Updated October 7, 2014

    The United States went through its longest, and by most measures worst economic recession since the Great Depression between December 2007 and June 2009. This chart book documents the course of the economy following that recession against the background of how deep a hole the recession created – and how much deeper …
  • Chart Book: TANF at 18
    Revised August 22, 2014

    Eighteen years ago, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant was created as a part of the 1996 welfare reform law to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.  Welfare reform provided states with a fixed block grant in exchange for greater flexibility in how they could use the funds.  In addition, for the first time, cash …
  • Chart Book: Social Security Disability Insurance
    Updated August 4, 2014

    Disability Insurance (DI) is an integral part of Social Security.  It provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves on account of a serious and long-lasting medical impairment.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the DI program. In December 2013, 8.9 million people received disabled-worker benefits …
  • Chart Book: SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table
    Updated June 4, 2014

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  SNAP reaches millions of people who need food assistance.  It is one of the few means-tested government benefit programs available to almost all households with low incomes.  For more detail on the program’s basics, see …
  • Chart Book: Top Eleven Tax Charts
    Updated May 5, 2014

    To usher in Tax Day, here are our top 11 charts on federal taxes, which provide context for debates on issues like tax reform and deficit reduction. Our first chart shows the sources of federal tax revenue. Individual income tax revenues have held steady for many decades at a little under half of federal revenue.  The share of federal revenue from payroll …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 3
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 7, 2014

    The safety net has developed over many decades and now helps millions of people make ends meet and access affordable health care.  Census data and new research show that the safety net today both keeps tens of millions of people above the poverty line and has positive longer-term impacts on children, including …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Overview
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    Updated January 7, 2014

    As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century when measured using a comprehensive poverty measure, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have declined. Today’s safety net — which includes important programs and improvements …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 1
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    The following charts illustrate that: An expanded poverty measure shows progress that the official measure masks (Part I); Elderly poverty has fallen substantially under any measure (Part II); The safety net reduces child poverty substantially (Part III); Incomes rose at the bottom (Part IV); and Incomes …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 2
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    Many changes in American society over the last 50 years have affected poverty.  Some have exerted upward pressure on poverty, such as an increase in the share of economic gains going to top earners, higher rates of single parenthood, and diminished labor market prospects for less-skilled workers.  At the same time, it’s often overlooked that …
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