Tag: Welfare (US)

The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Gone. The Battle Over It Remains.

WASHINGTON — When the history of American hardship is written in some distant decade, two recent events may capture the whipsaw forces of the age. Child poverty fell to a record low. And the program that did the most to reduce it vanished. The story of that temporary program — technically, a tax-credit expansion but […]

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Giving People Money Is a Great Way to Reduce Poverty

Among the big changes ushered in by the pandemic was a quiet revolution in American welfare policy. OK, “quiet revolution” is my way of trying to jazz up a government program whose very name — the Child Tax Credit — I worry will have a lot of people swiping away to something juicier. But stick […]

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In Mississippi, Welfare for the Well Connected as a Scandal Spreads

​As he became further enmeshed in a scheme that diverted federal welfare money to build a volleyball stadium that cost more than $5 million at the University of Southern Mississippi, the former football star Brett Favre texted a question to the ​head of a nonprofit doling out funds meant to go to welfare recipients in […]

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Stimulus Spending Drove Poverty Lower Again in 2021, Census Bureau Reports

“The idea was that pandemic insurance would find and fill the holes. The problem is, you painted a full wall to fill in a few cracks,” said Jonathan Parker, head of the finance department at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. Had pandemic aid been aimed only at those in real need, he said, any […]

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How Poverty Programs Aided Children From One Generation to the Next

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When Cecelia Jackson was born nearly three decades ago, about a quarter of American children were poor, a head count of hardship that for most of her childhood included her. Her father, a truck driver with a grade-school education, injured his arm when Ms. Jackson was young, then raised five children on […]

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Expanded Safety Net Drives Sharp Drop in Child Poverty

WASHINGTON — For a generation or more, America’s high levels of child poverty set it apart from other rich nations, leaving millions of young people lacking support as basic as food and shelter amid mounting evidence that early hardship leaves children poorer, sicker and less educated as adults. But with little public notice and accelerating […]

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Guaranteed Income Programs Spring Up City by City

Early in the pandemic, Alondra Barajas had a temporary job for the Census Bureau, doing phone work from the two-bedroom apartment she shared with her mother and four younger siblings. When that job ended in late 2020, she struggled to find employment. But Ms. Barajas learned from an ad on Instagram that she might qualify […]

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States With Abortion Bans Are Among Least Supportive for Mothers and Children

In Mississippi, which brought the abortion case that ended Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, Gov. Tate Reeves vowed that the state would now “take every step necessary to support mothers and children.” Today, however, Mississippi fares poorly on just about any measure of that goal. Its infant and maternal mortality rates are among […]

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