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January 9, 2017

Former New Jersey treasury officials recently took issue with my report on state tax policies and income inequality, which found New Jersey among the states...

money on scales
December 19, 2016

With President Obama leaving office, it’s worth recalling, with updated data, one of his notable achievements:  the 2009 Recovery Act, which helped prevent a historic rise in poverty despite the worst recession since the 1930s.  Using newly available data, we estimate that the act, which strengthened key parts of the safety net, kept nearly 9 million Americans from falling below the poverty...

2009 Recovery Act Kept Wide Range of Americans out of Poverty
December 15, 2016

Our state-by-state fact sheets that accompany our report on income inequality show that the concentration of incomes among the wealthiest residents is striking in every state.  And...

Income Inequality in New York: A Snapshot
October 25, 2016

Social Security lifted 22 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  Social Security’s anti-poverty effect extends to...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors
October 11, 2016

Our recent report explains that the House GOP’s budget plan proposed in March and its “Better Way” tax reform package released in June would give millionaires $2.6 trillion in tax cuts, while cutting programs for low- and moderate-income people by $3.7 trillion. ...

September 23, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on policymakers this week to do more for children’s health and development — and some of its strongest words concerned not health care but families’ economic security and opportunity.

“When a family lacks access to steady income, stable housing, adequate nutrition, and social and emotional support, it threatens the future of children and...

Child Sitting On Street
September 14, 2016

Safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2015, lifting 38 million people — including 8 million children — above the poverty line, our analysis of Census data released yesterday finds.

Safety Net Cut Poverty Rate Nearly in Half in 2015
September 12, 2016

We’ve released two pieces previewing tomorrow’s Census Bureau release of poverty, income, and health coverage figures for 2015:

Be Wary of Using Official Poverty Figures to...
In Focus: Poverty Has Fallen Significantly Since the 1960s Under "Anchored" Supplemental Poverty Measure
August 29, 2016

We’ve posted a spreadsheet, courtesy of our Excel whiz Rebecca Portman, with all the data that we used in our new state fact sheets on the safety net’s impact.  It contains information for every...

In Focus: Safety Net State Fact Sheets
August 25, 2016

With the 1996 welfare law in the news this week on its 20th anniversary, our new report finds that the poorest children in single-mother families grew poorer between 1995 and 2005 — the best period to examine the law’s impact, as the economy was...

For Children of Single Mothers, Income Fell for Poorest Tenth