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Extending Payroll Tax Cut Would Keep 1.1 Million People Out of Poverty

December 2, 2011

The goal of a payroll tax holiday is to temporarily shore up consumer spending for working households; no one would mistake it for targeted antipoverty policy.  Yet, it does have the added benefit of reducing poverty.

Using Census Bureau data for 2010, I estimate that the current payroll tax holiday, which expires at the end of the month, would keep roughly 1.1 million low-income...

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households with Major Hardships

November 21, 2011

Note:  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Center thought this was a good time to look at the latest figures on various indicators of hardship. This is the first in a series of posts on this subject that CBPP will do this week.

Poverty rates rose in 2010 under a variety of poverty measures, as the...

Without the Safety Net, More Than a Quarter of Americans Would Have Been Poor Last Year

November 9, 2011

I pointed out earlier this week that six recession-fighting initiatives enacted in 2009 and 2010 kept nearly 7 million people out of poverty in 2010 — under an alternative measure of poverty that takes into account the impact of government benefit programs and taxes.

Recovery Act Initiatives Kept Nearly 7 Million People Out of Poverty in 2010

November 7, 2011

Six temporary stimulus initiatives that Congress enacted in 2009 and 2010 kept 6.9 million Americans out of poverty in 2010, according to a report that we issued today based on newly released Census data.

The six provisions — three new or expanded tax credits, two enhancements of unemployment insurance, and an expansion of SNAP (food stamp) benefits — were originally part of the 2009 Recovery Act, though Congress later extended or expanded some of them.

The 2009 Recovery Act — Even Better in Preventing Poverty Than We Thought

October 13, 2011

We previously described the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as one of the “most effective pieces of anti-poverty legislation in decades,” saying its temporary expansion of the safety net kept 4.5 million people out of poverty in 2009. Actually, the impact was greater than we thought.

Deep Poverty on the Rise

September 22, 2011

Deep poverty — that is, the share of the population with incomes below half the poverty line — rose by a statistically significant amount in 40 states (including the District of Columbia) from 2007 to 2010 and fell in none, Census Bureau data released today show.

Safety Net Fraying for the Very Poorest

May 24, 2011

I recently described a new study finding that public programs keep tens of millions of Americans out of poverty. The same study illustrates that after policymakers weakened certain elements of the safety net, deep poverty — that is, the share of the population with incomes below half the poverty line — rose sharply.

Public Programs Keep Millions Out of Poverty, New Study Shows

May 18, 2011

With anti-poverty programs under serious attack in Washington, here’s something to keep in mind: a major new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that public programs keep one in six Americans out of poverty — primarily the elderly, disabled, and working poor — and that the poverty rate would double without these programs.

Poverty in Early Childhood Has Long and Harmful Reach

March 15, 2011

Even as federal and state policymakers consider cutting back programs that boost the incomes of working-poor families, two researchers report evidence that poverty among young children not only slows them in school but also shrinks their earnings as adults.

Recovery Act Kept 4.5 Million People Out of Poverty in 2009, Helping Keep Poverty Flat

January 6, 2011

Our analysis of data that the Census Bureau released this week shows that the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was one of the single most effective pieces of antipoverty legislation in decades. In 2009, the Recovery Act’s temporary expansion of the safety net kept 4.5 million people out of poverty.

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