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

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April 29 – May 3, 2019

The economy produced another strong month of growth, and the jobless rate fell to the lowest level in half a century.


Employers added far more jobs than expected in April — another sign the U.S. economy is chugging along as the expansion nears the 10-year mark. The unemployment rate was the lowest since 1969.


Three red states failed to pass work requirements this year.


THE WATCHDOGS: Tens of thousands in Illinois are waiting months for health care because of state backlog in determining who’s eligible for Medicaid.


A new state is repealing its cap on welfare for families having additional children.


Jules grew up in a home that often didn’t have electricity, water or heat.


Ten years after the last minimum wage hike, Tennesseans see little hope for mandated increase.


Differences in ability to post bail account for one-third of the city’s race gap in pretrial detention.At $25,000 bail, white defendants are twice as likely to go free as black defendants while they fight their case.


More than a half-million people live on the street in the United States.


The population experiences homelessness at disproportionate rates.


The city keeps getting slapped for the poor condition of its public housing. Nothing has changed so far.


In every county across the U.S., some people are facing hunger — children are the most vulnerable


Many routinely skip meals and take ‘poverty naps’ because they cannot afford groceries. Campus food pantries are helping, but are they enough?


Mississippi had been one of only three states still banning those with drug felonies from federal food benefits.


April 22 – 26, 2019

Medicaid expansion was linked with significant improvements in premature birth and birth weight disparities among black infants between 2011 and 2016, according to a new study. Enrollments for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which included Medicaid expansion, began in 2014.



Medicaid officials said the change is required because of the ballot measure approved by voters in November, which expanded Medicaid. State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, who led the petition


Due in part to rising temperatures from human-caused climate change, the gap between the world’s poorest and richest people has increased in the past half-century.


Louisiana cities could have the ability to raise the local minimum wage for their residents and set family leave policies if state lawmakers pass a bill this legislative session.


Beginning Saturday, payday lenders in Ohio must comply with a new law that caps interest rates and fees.


At the same time, low-income Minnesotans also would benefit most from the governor’s spending proposals, which are funded by the tax increases.


National incarceration rates are down by 10 percent over a decade, a welcome development but not quite reason for joy.


Most people released from a New York City prison move straight into a shelter.


A new report underscores the depth and breadth of Chicago’s affordable housing problem while a plan for an affordable housing development in Logan Square sparks controversy.


In most American cities, gentrification has not pushed low-income residents out of the city they call home, according to a new study. D.C. is one of the exceptions.



April 15 – 18, 2019

At least 95 have closed their doors since 2010, and roughly a quarter of the ones left are at risk of shuttering.


As wage gap worsens for black workers in Texas, experts point to weakened labor rights and wealth inequality.


A look at different statistics for 17 cultural groups in Minnesota helps illustrate how different residents are doing economically.


Stockton’s test of a universal basic income provides $500 a month to 130 residents. It is likely to inform the national political conversation.


Cities and states look to raise revenue but not taxes by cracking down on fines.



Since 2010, Broad Street Ministry has served as a post office for people experiencing homelessness.


The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers.


The rule would require expanded use of a verification system meant to confirm a person’s immigration and citizenship status and determine whether people are eligible for benefits.


Walmart, Amazon and grocery chains like ShopRite hope to tap into a lucrative new market: Food stamp recipients who want to shop for groceries online.