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Underfunding Census Is Pound Foolish

June 2, 2015

The House will begin considering a funding bill today that provides far less than the Census Bureau needs to finalize new planned cost-saving measures for the 2020 census, potentially forcing it to use older and more expensive methods.  That could raise the cost of conducting the census by $5 billion, the Bureau...

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Safety Net Has Shifted — Lifting Some Families, Leaving Others Behind

May 11, 2015

We’ve explained how our closer look at government data shows that the safety net was even more effective in 2012 than earlier studies had shown.  Our new follow-up paper reveals...

Percent of Children in Poverty and "Deep Poverty" Under Official and Expanded Poverty Measures

Safety Net Cuts Poverty by More Than Half

May 6, 2015

The safety net cut the poverty rate from 29.1 percent to 13.8 percent in 2012 and lifted 48 million people above the poverty line, including 12 million children, our new paper shows. ...

In Focus: Safety Net Cut Poverty Rate in Half in 2012

Safety Net Lifted 39 Million Americans out of Poverty in 2013

March 17, 2015

As the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing today on empirical evidence for poverty programs, it’s worth recalling that safety net programs cut poverty nearly in half in 2013, lifting 39 million people out of poverty.  The figures rebut claims that government programs do little to reduce poverty....

Plan Would Cut Child Poverty by 60 Percent

January 29, 2015

America could reduce child poverty by 60 percent by investing another 2 percent of the federal budget each year in programs that boost employment and low wages and help meet children’s basic needs, a new Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) report...

Will Congress Shortchange the Census?

November 18, 2014

A key question as Congress finalizes funding for this fiscal year is whether it will give the Census Bureau what it needs to prepare for the next census in 2020.  A House-passed funding bill from June fell far short, as we explained then.  In its final spending measure, Congress should...

Latest Census Data Strengthen Case for Helping Childless Workers

September 23, 2014

Poverty and incomes worsened last year for childless adults while improving for children and their families, the new Census data show.  The new figures highlight the need to do more to help low-income workers not raising minor children, as both President Obama and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, among others, have...

Last Year’s Drop in Poverty Only the Second Since 2000

September 22, 2014

The decline in the official poverty rate last year from 15.0 percent to 14.5 percent is especially welcome because it follows a decade and a half of mostly rising or stagnant poverty rates, our detailed look at the new Census figures explains.  Before 2013, the official poverty rate fell only once since...

5 Facts to Help You Understand Next Week’s Poverty Figures

September 12, 2014

Our new report provides context for the official poverty and income figures for 2013, which the Census Bureau will release on Tuesday.  Here are the highlights:

  1. As in other recent recoveries, poverty has been slow to decline.  Over time, poverty rates tend to move roughly in tandem
  2. ...

Fewer Poor Children Under Welfare Law, But More Very Poor Children

July 23, 2014

There are fewer poor children in America but more very poor children since policymakers dramatically shifted low-income assistance from non-working families to working families in the mid-1990s, our new report explains.

We estimate that the share of children in deep poverty — with family income below...

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