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What it would take to end child poverty in America

What it would take to end child poverty in America

In 2019, about one in six children in America — 12 million kids nationwide — lived in poverty. That’s a rate about two or three times higher than in peer countries. And that was before the worst economic and public health crisis in modern history. The scale of child poverty in America is a disgrace,…
How Sophia Bush Is Fighting Period Poverty In The U.S.

How Sophia Bush Is Fighting Period Poverty In The U.S.

To participate in the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign, purchase a pack of Always pads at participating retailers to spark a pad donation to the Feeding America network. You can also like or comment on #EndPeriodPoverty influencer posts, and Always will donate an additional pad to a girl in need via Local Period Heroes’ organizations, up to a…
Trump wants to cut the safety net. It kept 47 million people out of poverty last year.

Trump wants to cut the safety net. It kept 47 million people out of...

The US Census Bureau dropped its annual load of statistics on American poverty and income, and the data shows Americans weren’t much better off in 2018 than they were a year earlier. On the upside: 2.3 million more people snagged full-time jobs and the official poverty rate fell half a percentage point. On the downside:…
A $15 minimum wage could lift 1.3 million out of poverty — and cost 1.3 million jobs

A $15 minimum wage could lift 1.3 million out of poverty — and cost...

A $15 federal minimum wage would likely boost pay for 27 million US workers, lifting 1.3 million households out of poverty, according to an analysis released Monday by congressional economists. But the income boost may come with a cost: It could trigger 1.3 million job losses. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released this conclusion in…
Democrats have united around a plan to dramatically cut child poverty

Democrats have united around a plan to dramatically cut child poverty

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is officially running for president — and a major focus of his run is likely to be his American Family Act, the latest version of which he introduced last month with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The Act is in my view, likely to be the single most important bill of the…
Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty

Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty

The first half of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s farewell address to Congress is dedicated primarily to his effort to convince himself that a deficit-financed tax cut for the rich represents not just an idea he happens to favor, but a substantive legacy that constitutes a worthy career-long labor. Then it went off the…
Giving out cash is a great way to fight poverty. This approach might be even better.

Giving out cash is a great way to fight poverty. This approach might be...

Just giving out cash to poor people is a pretty good way to make them less poor. That might seem obvious, but it wasn’t a commonly held viewpoint in development charities until relatively recently. Jacquelline Fuller, who runs Google’s philanthropic arm, has said that when she first pitched one of her bosses on supporting GiveDirectly…

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