Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives
After several years of lower poverty rates, higher income, and broader health coverage, gains slowed — and in some cases stalled — in the states in 2017, new Census data show. For example, fewer states reduced their share of people below the federal poverty line (about $25,000 for a family of four), according to new state data from the American Community Survey. Because policy decisions affect whether people get a real shot at economic opportunity and communities thrive, states should do what they can to reverse the decline in progress.
Today’s data show that:
With federal policymakers considering trillions in additional tax cuts and deep cuts to food and economic security programs that keep millions of Americans out of poverty, it’s critical that states use their tools to boost progress, rather than let it stall. To build thriving and resilient communities and economies, states can: