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IRP Poverty Dispatch

Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

July 15 – 19, 2019

The policy faces another court test, this time in New Hampshire, where officials delayed it amid public confusion and website glitches.


Indiana has become the latest state to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid _ a change opponents warn will cost some poor Hoosiers their health coverage.


While poverty rates for children have declined in recent years, the same can’t be said for the elderly in Wisconsin, according to a recent report.


The policy was intended to discourage government dependence. It didn’t seem to work.


With drug use surging in the past decade and a half, many parents are losing custody of their kids. But is foster care the best solution?


The study found that 47 per cent of First Nations children on and off reserve live in poverty


At Dewey Elementary in San Diego, where most kids have military parents, the line forms early at the food pantry for free produce, snacks and staples like bread.


This week, 11,000 Pennsylvanians have been receiving letters telling them that their $205 monthly General Assistance checks will stop.


It’s been 10 years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage and during that time, workers making the minimum have struggled to keep pace with rising cost of living. On Thursday, the House is set to vote on the Raise the Wage Act, a bill that aims to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.


Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver’s license for 20 years, but he just can’t afford it.


Krasner’s office said it was waiving fines and fees in an effort to help low-income defendants afford things like transportation and other costs associated with employment.


July 1 – 5, 2019

President Trump declares that the economy is doing “unbelievably well” after payrolls grow by 224,000 in June.


The rebound in job growth is an indication of the U.S. economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.


As companies are strained by rising health-care costs, they are shifting more of the burden to their employees, who are finding that option unaffordable.


A Trump administration proposal to increase the odds that immigrants will be dee…


In an out of jail, Ora Watkins said she hasn’t voted in more than a decade because of how difficult it was for felons in Nevada to regain their voting rights. The state Legislature changed …


Welfare payments in Georgia cost the government $35.3 million in 2018, down from more than $55 million a decade earlier.


Moving from poverty to wealth from one generation to the next is least likely in the South, but optimism there is greatest, tinged with political views.


Homelessness is often considered an urban problem. But rural Americans often experience homelessness as well. Advocates struggle to reach homeless rural residents and connect them with services.


For most of her 13 years working the grill and cash register at McDonald’s, Bettie Douglas earned just over $7 an hour. Then in 2017, the St. Louis grandmother’s hourly pay rose to $10 after the city increased its minimum wage.


June 24 – 28, 2019

The potential change in the federal poverty line would lower the number of people who qualify for social services by almost 1 million.


A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison says poverty in Wisconsin has remained mostly stagnant over the past decade, despite historically low unemployment in recent years.


Walmart is expanding a program for food stamp recipients to buy groceries online and pick them up in stores. It’s the latest move to give them more options in the era of online shopping.


Nonprofit hospitals pay virtually no local, state or federal income tax. In return, they provide community benefits, including charity care to low-income patients. In Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has brought 8,300 lawsuits for unpaid medical bills in just five years.


Health inequities are getting worse, according to new research. Factors like income, race and gender are playing a larger role in health outcomes than they did 25 years ago.


The long lines and problems facing a temporary free clinic in rural Tennessee reflect the reality facing areas with diminished medical care.


Missouri has one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the nation. Some Democrats worry that the state’s new abortion restrictions could make that rate worse. Republicans say they’re addressing the issue.


One Montgomery woman shares her story of a catastrophic birth and what it took to survive.


Before he got another chance at freedom, Tyrone Henley spent six weeks in jail, unable to put up $25,000 cash bail. But last week, Henley and dozens of


Finding quality, affordable child care is a problem across Maine. For some parents, it’s a financial hardship. For others, it means forgoing education or a better job to stay home with the kids.


The world is facing a “climate apartheid” between the rich who can protect themselves and the poor who are left behind, the UN has warned.