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  • African American and Latino Families Face High Rates of Hardship
    Arloc Sherman
    November 21, 2006

    A range of measures suggest that many black and Latino families face hardship of some type.  Between one-fourth and one-third of families with children headed by blacks or by Latino citizens  experience overcrowded living conditions, difficulties paying for food, or lack of needed medical care.  Hardship rates rise further — to as many as half of black families with children …
  • How to Assess the Census Income and Poverty Numbers
    Robert Greenstein and Arloc Sherman
    August 28, 2006

    Today, the Census Bureau will release findings regarding household income and poverty for 2005.  It is possible these figures will show that median income increased in 2005 and poverty declined; that is the typical pattern for years well into an economic recovery.  And if this is the case, Administration officials likely will hail the figures as good …
  • TANF at 10
    Sharon Parrott and Arloc Sherman
    August 17, 2006

    The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  Under TANF, states received fixed block grants and had broad flexibility to design their own rules for their cash assistance programs, and broad authority to use the block grant resources for other programs outside of cash assistance to assist …
  • Proposed Discretionary Caps Would Hit States Hard
    Arloc Sherman, James R. Horney and Matt Fiedler
    July 5, 2006

    The Senate Budget Committee on June 20 approved legislation (S. 3521) crafted by Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH) that would make a number of far-reaching changes in the federal budget process.[1]  Included in the legislation, which the full Senate may consider this summer, are provisions that would establish …
  • Social Security Administration Proposal To Revise Disability Determinations Is Not Justified
    Arloc Sherman and Eileen Sweeney
    April 18, 2006

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to change how it evaluates age as a factor in establishing eligibility for disability benefits. Under the change, SSA would raise by two years the ages at which key rules used to determine eligibility for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security …
  • Poor Measurement: New Census Report on Measuring Poverty Raises Concerns
    Jared Bernstein and Arloc Sherman
    March 28, 2006

    On February 14, the Bureau of the Census released its latest report on alternative measures of poverty.[1]  Among social scientists, there is considerable dissatisfaction with the official approach to poverty measurement, and this document is part of a welcome research initiative by Census analysts to improve the way that poverty in America is measured and understood.   The Census …
  • Program Cuts in the President's Budget
    James R. Horney, Sharon Parrott and Arloc Sherman
    February 23, 2006

    The President’s budget proposes substantial cuts in funding for domestic discretionary programs over the next five years.  The budget specifies the funding level for each program in 2007, but the levels for specific programs for years after 2007 — the years in which the overall level of reductions in domestic …
  • What Do the Across the Board Cuts Mean for Domestic Appropriations
    Arloc Sherman and Richard Kogan
    Revised January 6, 2006

    To comply with budget targets it set last April, Congress cut fiscal year 2006 funding for domestic programs by $9 billion, or 2.3 percent on average, below the 2005 level adjusted for inflation.[1] In addition to the specific cuts or increases contained in the 2006 appropriations bills, which netted to a cut of $9 billion, …
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