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IRP Poverty Dispatch

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

January 28 – February 1, 2019

Job growth picked up for the 100th consecutive month even as hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed during the partial government shutdown. Wage growth held steady.

 

The economy added 304,000 jobs in January, the 100th consecutive month of payroll gains. Unemployment ticked up to 4 percent, possibly a shutdown-related anomaly.

 

Analysis: Furloughed workers are now getting paid, but economic insecurity remains top of mind for millions of Americans living on the financial edge.

 

The government shutdown left tens of thousands of people in Los Angeles County at risk of not being able to pay their rent and losing their housing, as federal money for several critical programs dries up.

 

Food banks brace for surge in traffic as people on federal food assistance try to stretch their benefits

 

 

Many otherwise middle-class people are “liquid-asset poor,” meaning they can’t withstand even a brief financial shock

 

With President Trump recently signing into law a federal criminal justice reform bill, California’s experience is especially instructive.

 

“Supervised release” allows judges to let those who cannot afford bail be released before trial on a kind of parole — and it may be what finally helps close Rikers Island.

 

January 22 – 25, 2019

Nearly a hundred rural hospitals have closed since 2010.

 

Study says 17,000 people in Arkansas lost health coverage. But Indiana officials say program here is “fundamentally different.”

 

The federal government shutdown has thrown a wrench into a lawsuit seeking to overturn Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state Medicaid program.

 

Bipartisan support for reducing recidivism is driving most states to relax or lift the federal ban on drug felons receiving food stamps or cash assistance. Pennsylvania went the other way.

 

Advocates say higher incomes help low-wage employees, but one new report suggests the reality is more complicated.

 

While there’s bipartisan support for the concept of property tax relief, it’s a task complicated by New England’s long heritage of local government, the spread-out way that Mainers live and a desire not to raise other taxes.

 

With the Department of Housing and Urban Development hit hard, subsidies for low-income renters have stopped and nonprofits are scrambling to avoid layoffs and cuts to support services.

 

Health services for Native Americans in urban areas, domestic violence shelters, and programs that help people struggling with homelessness are impacted by the shutdown.

 

Low pay combined with a high cost of living make it even more of a challenge for those who suddenly find themselves without a paycheck.

 

January 14 – 18, 2019

States are scrambling to figure out how to fund the $4-billion-a-month food stamps program — and whether to keep cash welfare going. Some say it’s “probably not possible.”

 

Sixteen of Kentucky’s Medicaid recipients are suing the federal government to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to revamp the state’s $9.7 billion-a-year Medicaid program by adding work requirements, co-pays and reporting duties for most able-bodied adults.

 

More than 700,000 Ohioans were removed from the state’s Medicaid program in just the first 10 months of 2018.Franklin County had the most

 

Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That’s the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.

 

When half the kids are in poverty, our fractured towns can offer no future.

 

“You’ve got real haves and have nots in this county,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

 

Research shows that no southern state has a suite of laws protecting tenants over landlords.

 

Forty-three percent of students interviewed at UK said they experienced food insecurity on campus, with nearly half of those reporting actual hunger because they can’t afford to buy food.

 

Gov. Doug Ducey proposes tapping $56 million in federal child care assistance that lawmakers left untouched last spring

 

Experts suggest that spending more on housing and services for this fragile population could save money in the long run.

 

They are Philly’s poorest minority group, but step inside a city homeless shelter and there are few Latinos. Why?

 

Democrats who control state government have reached a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15.