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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August 21, 2013

A methodologically flawed study from the Cato Institute reinforces the stereotype of low-income Americans living high on the hog at the expense of the working class taxpayer. Sharon Ward takes the study apart and sets the record straight.

August 20, 2013

This short video explains that those who receive nutrition assistance typically receive benefits for only eight to 10 months, and the average benefit equals $1.49 per meal per day. For many families SNAP benefits do not last through the end of the month.

August 2, 2013

Nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians will see a cut in food assistance this fall equal to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four.

July 11, 2013

If nutrition assistance is weakened, millions of struggling parents, their children, and other vulnerable individuals will be harmed.

July 9, 2013

The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved and the Governor has signed a 2013-14 state budget that spends $28.376 billion. The biggest change in the final budget from the Governor’s February plan is an increase in Medicaid Capitation payments, which funds the managed care providers.

July 1, 2013

Pennsylvania has an unparalleled opportunity to expand health coverage to between 600,000 and 800,000 hardworking low-income Pennsylvanians, lowering the state's uninsured rate by over 50% and giving the state's health care economy a shot in the arm.

July 1, 2013

The Senate voted 40-10 to expand Medicaid with certain conditions. The House, however, stripped the expansion language from the must-pass Welfare Code bill.

June 20, 2013

"The expansion will benefit a large number of working Pennsylvanians across all age and demographic groups," Sharon Ward stated in written testimony to the House Health Committee.

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