Issues in Depth
Recession Could Push Millions into Deep Poverty
[T]he current downturn is likely to cause significant increases both in the number of Americans who are poor and the number living in "deep poverty," with incomes below half of the poverty line...There are a series of steps that federal and state policymakers could take to soften the recession’s harshest impacts and limit the extent of the increases in deep poverty, destitution, and homelessness."  Read more

Graphic: Poverty Increases During Recessions

The Center held a press briefing to discuss the key findings in our new deep poverty analysis. Listen to the presentation

Issues in Depth
States and the Weak Economy:
Revenue Numbers Plummet
[S]tate revenue dropped sharply in the July-September 2008 quarter, creating large, additional state budget shortfalls.  All indications are that revenue collections will worsen further in coming months." Read more

Budget Problems Worsen
At least 41 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or next year."  Read more

Additional Background
  Policy Points: Overview of States and the Weak Economy
  Many States are Imposing Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents

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CBPP Staff Meeting
You often hear that the poor and working people don't have a voice in Washington...As it turns out, this bit of conventional wisdom is wrong for one reason: Bob Greenstein and his crew at the Center..."

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