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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

January 7 – 11, 2019

In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time.


The idea might appeal to people hard-pressed to pay for plans on the health care exchanges.


The mayor’s announcement, first on national television, came as the Democrat-controlled State Legislature is weighing some form of universal health insurance.




As the shutdown drags on, it’s jeopardizing the welfare of those who live in HUD-subsidized housing, including low-income families and the elderly.


The shutdown’s impacts will fall the hardest on those who can afford it the least.


The US Department of Agriculture will continue providing food stamps to millions of Americans through February, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.


Tens of thousands of low-income tenants could be at risk if the federal government shutdown drags on.


The issue, which makes it harder for some families to provide proof of their income, could block Pell grants, student loans, parent PLUS loans and other forms of federal financial aid from reaching students.