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September 6, 2018

A growing number of low-income families and children are going without nutrition and health services due to immigration-related fears, health providers are warning, with potential immediate and long-term impacts on children’s health.

Agencies overseeing the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and...

Family of Four
July 23, 2018

Barriers such as limited skills or work experience can get in the way for some who want to find and keep a job in both good and bad times. Although today’s official unemployment rate is low, many workers still have trouble finding jobs that pay enough to cover the basics. As we explain in...

Waiting in Line
June 18, 2018

With the House set to consider extensive changes in SNAP (formerly food stamps) in the farm bill this week, leading researchers Hilary Hoynes and Diane Schanzenbach have found that over the past 25 years, the safety net has become far more targeted to working families and families with incomes somewhat above the poverty line, while supports for...

Most Safety Net Spending Goes to Families With Earnings
June 4, 2018

A potential radical change to immigration policy by the Trump Administration could cause many families that include non-citizens to ...

Many Citizen Children Could Lose Health Coverage Under Potential Immigration Policy Change
May 24, 2018

May 29, 2018: We’ve updated the cost of the proposal in this post.

Lawmakers need not look far to find ways to help struggling families with children raise their living standards.  Canada recently adopted the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), a dramatic...

Canadian-Style Child Benefit Would Be a Major Improvement for Low- and Middle-Income Families
April 12, 2018

President Trump and Republican lawmakers have argued that basing people’s eligibility for food, medical, and housing assistance on meeting rigid work requirements will set them on a path to a better future.  In his 2018 farm bill to reauthorize SNAP (formerly food stamps), for example, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has proposed expensive, untested new work requirements...

Saw and Hearing Protection
March 15, 2018

The House Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee this morning discussed the supposed merits of implementing and expanding work requirements in basic assistance programs, with some lawmakers claiming they would help jobless workers land a job and achieve financial independence. But taking away...

President's 2019 Budget Freezes State Job Training Grants
March 6, 2018

The Supreme Court is considering whether public sector unions can require non-members to pay fees to cover certain union expenses and, if it decides they can’t, that likely will mean that such unions will lose members, hurting their ability to bargain collectively with employers. That, in turn, could worsen income inequality, which has been growing across the country and in individual states...

Public Workers in States That Allow Fair Share Fees Are Twice As Likely to Join a Union
February 9, 2018

Update, March 22: We’ve replaced the final graphic in this post with an updated version from our chart book.

In his 2018 budget, President Trump called for unprecedented cuts in programs for low- and moderate-income families. With the President...

Economic Security Programs Cut Poverty Rate Nearly in Half in 2016
October 20, 2017

This post has been updated on October 23, 2017.

Health insurance coverage reduced the poverty rate by nearly one-quarter in 2014, according to a new analysis in Health Affairs that factors the premium costs and benefits of health insurance into the poverty rate. That equates to lifting more...

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