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

November 11 – 15, 2019

Fed research suggested higher minimum wages did not cost jobs in border counties. Industry-level analysis and real-life stories back that up — with caveats.




Philadelphia City Council took a step toward offering relief from the city’s wage tax for low-income workers when a Council committee unanimously voted for legislation that would offer tax refunds to such workers.


A new deal between the Texas Lottery and Dollar General has critics worried the state is pushing product to lower-income players.


Ex-felons in Florida had their right to vote restored through Amendment 4. Within months, Florida’s Legislature tried to limit the effect of the initiative.


Research by an MIT grad student shows eviction “execution rates” are 15 times higher in Roxbury than in Beacon Hill.


Republicans show new willingness to break with party orthodoxy to extend coverage.


The findings bolster previous research, and have implications for Philadelphia, the nation’s poorest big city, where many neighborhoods carry the toxic legacy of their industrial pasts.


Ohio Medicaid approves plan of state’s largest managed-care network, Dayton-based Caresource, to dump Walgreens