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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...

Piggy Bank
September 19, 2017

A congressionally mandated commission has outlined ways that public agencies can help researchers access more government data and hence contribute to more effective public policy — just as Congress is considering...

Many Studies Find Economic Assistance Helps Low-Income Children Succeed
September 15, 2017

The economy has fueled income gains across the states, yet Congress is considering proposals that would undermine them. As we reported Tuesday, incomes rose nationally more from 2014 to 2016 than in any other two-year period in five decades. Now, according to...

Widespread Progress in Household Income
September 13, 2017

The Census Bureau on September 12 released figures on health coverage, poverty, and median income in 2016. We’ve collected our analyses to date of the new data here.

Greenstein: Census Data Show Largest Two-Year Income Gain in Five Decades, Progress...
Americans Without Health Coverage Fell to Historic Low in 2016
September 12, 2017

As the House prepares to vote on a budget plan to cut safety net programs — including tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families and food assistance, and almost inevitable cuts in housing assistance — the Census Bureau today released...

Federal Low-Income Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty

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