Fact Sheet Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Next Steps for Short-Term Recovery and Long-Term Economic Security
Peter Edelman, Olivia Golden, Harry Holzer
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Even though children in the United States have higher poverty rates than adults and the elderly, federal spending on kids is disproportionately small and has been shrinking for years. The recession threatened to eat away further at those investments, prompting the president and Congress to temporarily boost funding for some two dozen federal programs that benefit children. To support the development of children in low-income families, we recommend making some of those provisions permanent. We also propose new investments in the preschool and postsecondary years when public spending is at its lowest, while also experimenting with new initiatives to support low-income children.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Families Social safety net Workforce
Tags Fiscal policy Workforce development Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population