Poverty

CPBB chartIssue Spotlight: The War on Poverty at 50

It has been 50 years since the United States began the War on Poverty. Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done.

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Commentary: It's time to renew our War on Poverty

Resources on the War on Poverty's 50th Anniversary

Recession Fallout: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Blog: Don't Give Up The Fight

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Updated: February 26, 2014

View video, PowerPoint presentations, photos, and other resources from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's 2014 Budget Summit in Harrisburg. 

February 10, 2014

Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost. 

January 15, 2014

With the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty at hand, it is a good time to reflect on just how much of a positive impact President Lyndon B. Johnson’s landmark initiative has had in reducing poverty in the U.S.

January 13, 2014

2014 marks the 50th year we have been waging a "war on poverty." We have made some important gains, but much remains to be done.

January 13, 2014

A look at poverty rates and median income changes from 2007 to 2012 in select counties and metro areas in Pennsylvania based on data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS).

January 10, 2014

This op-ed by Sharon Ward appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on January 10, 2014 as part of its "War on Poverty at 50" series.

October 31, 2013

A major funding cut to federal nutrition assistance takes effect Friday, impacting 1.8 million Pennsylvanians. It amounts to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four.

September 20, 2013

The economic recovery has yet to produce significant gains for Americans in the bottom and middle of the economic scale, Census Bureau data released this week show.

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