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

June 17 – 21, 2019

Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement plan backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence that employment increased.


The number of children in the United States increased by more than 9 million in 30 years, with most of that increase among children of color in southern and western states.


Only 58% of foster teens live with a family instead of a group home.


Obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds on the federal Women, Infants, Children nutrition program declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, a report says.


WASHINGTON – America has now gone longer without an increase in the federal minimum wage than at any point in the law’s eight-decade history.



A new study examines whether cities respond to complaints as quickly in poor neighborhoods as they do in rich ones.


Partition sales erode generational wealth and create housing and financial instability.


More than half of surveyed clients of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid were more stable after resolving a civil legal problem.


According to the most comprehensive report of its kind, states spend more than $9 billion a year incarcerating people who violate community supervision terms that even corrections officials admit are difficult to comply with.


At least 10 states permit workers to put a lien on an employer’s property in connection with a wage claim.


President Donald Trump’s administration proposed a rule on changing how poverty is calculated that would make 15,000 fewer households in California eligible for SNAP, Medicare and other benefits.


California lawmakers have agreed to reduce business write-offs in the state tax code to match some changes made by President Trump’s 2017 federal tax overhaul. It will raise more than a billion dollars to expand a tax credit for the working poor.