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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November 20, 2012

As the federal debate over the “fiscal cliff” heats up, our elected leaders in Washington will soon face dramatic choices about how to reduce the deficit. Tell Congress that any federal deficit reduction plan must include significant revenue to protect investments that are essential to building a pathway to the middle class for low-income working families.

November 15, 2012

Income gaps widened in Pennsylvania between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s with earnings for low-income families dropping as the income of the wealthiest continued to increase, according to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

November 15, 2012

Income gaps widened in Pennsylvania between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s with earnings for low-income families dropping as the income of the wealthiest continued to increase, according to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

October 29, 2012

Montgomery County administrator voiced concerns about the state's move toward block grants for human services funding. Unlike Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties, Montgomery County did not apply to be part of this year’s new pilot block grant for the Human Services Development Fund.

September 20, 2012

New Census data show that poverty rates remained high in Pennsylvania last year. The state's uninsured rate showed little change from 2010 to 2011, although Pennsylvania continues to have a lower uninsured rate than the nation as a whole.

September 14, 2012

New Census data offer a mix of good and bad news. The share of Americans without health insurance declined, but the middle class continues to struggle in the wake of the recession and the acceleration of income inequality.

September 12, 2012

For much of the last decade, we have heard the same story: every year more Americans lose their health insurance coverage and the ranks of the uninsured grow. With new data released today by the Census Bureau, the story has changed — and we have the Affordable Care Act to partly thank for it.

September 12, 2012

New data released by the Census Bureau underscore the important contributions of the Affordable Care Act as the share of Americans without health insurance declined in 2011 for the first time in four years.

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