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

Day: February 15, 2019

February 11 – 15, 2019

Illinois Democrats on Thursday voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, a move that will give Gov. J.B. Pritzker an early political victory, grant pay raises to more than 1 million workers and upset businesses across the state.


A bill to be introduced to the New York City Council would require employers to provide a justifiable cause to fire fast food workers.


A study estimates tens of thousands of people would lose health coverage if a proposal to change Montana’s Medicaid expansion program becomes law


The Republican-led legislation is an attempt to reduce the growth of the Medicaid program, which costs the state about $10 billion per year


US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said that constant delays can lead to violent physical outbursts, removal from homes, and traumatizing and unnecessary hospital stays.


For the third year in a row, the percentage of Ohio students receiving free or reduced-price school lunches has declined, inching downward to 39 percent


More than 40,000 South Dakota children, from infants to teenagers, live in families with incomes low enough to qualify for the federal food stamp program, creating challenges to obtaining a


After months of planning, the city of Stockton, Calif., is sending debit cards loaded with $500 to a select group of residents starting Friday as part of a closely watched experiment in universal basic income.


Finland’s basic income scheme did not spur its unemployed recipients to work more to supplement their earnings as hoped but it did help their wellbeing, researchers said on Friday as the government announced initial findings.


As government contracts expire, the Bay Area is at risk of losing thousands of much-needed affordable housing units, according to a new report.


After experiencing explosive growth in recent years, the city is tripling its spending to address the shortage of lower-income units.


The winners of L.A. County’s housing innovation competition will split $4.5 million in grants to test out new, cost-effective ways to speed up the construction of housing for homeless people.


The Midwest provides a lens for larger patterns of racial division across the country.