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A Mother's Day Wish for Moms in Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It isn't that poor moms and dads aren't willing to work -- it's that the economy offers them so few opportunities to prosper from hard work and that safety net programs are inadequate to supplement low wages or provide for those who cannot work.

This Is Your Safety Net on Block Grants

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

We're talking about block grants because the Republican budget resolutions are coming out this week and such budgets have used this mechanism to propose deep cuts in Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps).

Southern State Passes 4 Bills Restricting Welfare

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

In the past two days, four measures restricting welfare use have passed the Republican-controlled Alabama legislature and now await the signature of G...

State Measure Includes Outrageous Welfare Provision

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

A bill in the Pennsylvania House proposing the reduction of welfare benefits for low-income women contains a provision requiring a woman who became pr...

Hunger Is an Economic and Moral Concern

Laura Lester | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics
Laura Lester

The economic costs of people going hungry are well-documented -- hunger costs our nation at least $167.5 billion per year because of lost economic productivity, poor education outcomes and unnecessary health care costs. But hunger is more than an economic issue; it's a moral concern.

Working Hard to Get Back on Track

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, and transitional housing are lifelines that work when people fall on hard times. We need to preserve them. But that's not what the Ryan "reconciliation budget" just passed by the House of Representatives would do.

Welfare Doesn't Keep Up

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

The Obama stimulus plan included $5 billion to help states cover increasing TANF costs expected with the recession, but only $1 billion has so far come through.

The Ugly Truth: Poverty in America

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irasema Garza

As bleak as the poverty figures appear, the Census Bureau's numbers likely underestimate the depth and scale of the problem. Given the scale of the problem facing us, we must address the structural issues that frustrate our efforts to help poor Americans.

The Bitter Fruit of Welfare Reform

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irasema Garza

Now, more than ever, we need a functioning social safety net -- one that helps families keep food on the table in times of crisis, while providing a toe hold to a more economically secure future.

It's Time to Rethink Our Welfare Policy

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

A society cannot survive without a safety net and we don't have one during the worst economic crisis in decades.

Welfare Rolls in First Upward Spike Since 1996

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

From 1996 to 2007, the number of single-parent families with children living below the poverty line fell by a whopping 2.5%. Who says there's no progress in America?