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Food Stamp Cuts Limited – Thanks to Work by States

Food Stamp Cuts Limited – Thanks to Work by States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP [...]
U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?The basic question from Tuesday’s release of U.S. poverty statistics is this: If the country’s economy is technically growing, then why do the 2013 numbers from the Census Bureau fail to reflect significant and overall improvement for working families and individuals? In 2013, the country was home to 45.3 million people living in poverty, marking [...]
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Public Assistance for U.S. Households Remains Steady  The number of households receiving public assistance in 2011 and 2012 stayed flat at 3.3 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. That number accounted for 2.9 percent of all households in the country. The Tuesday release marks the first time that public assistance data from the Census Bureau stretches back to 2000 and [...]
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Number of People in ‘Poverty Areas’ Soars to 77.4 MillionFor families, community groups, policymakers and businesses, more work needs to be done – that is, if you want to end poverty. It’s been called violence in slow motion. Many are working to redefine and rethink poverty to make progress so people can have food, education, affordable housing, health care and a living wage.  Now, [...]
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Ariz. Official: Sorry for Calling Food Stamp Users ‘Lazy Pigs’PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist. Huppenthal was barely composed from the beginning of the packed [...]
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When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step BackEvery great social movement has been led by those most affected. The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception. This is no top-down “War on Poverty” that can be abandoned at the whim of politicians. This is a movement bubbling [...]
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Your Reaction to the Summit on Working Families?Would you like to tell our elected leaders what families need to thrive in America? What issues in your community are being overlooked? What are solutions? The White House Summit on Working Families took place on Monday, June 23. But the opportunity remains for you to add your direct voice - and your family's experience - to the national dialogue
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley’s tech boom can’t even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister [...]
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Poor: No Longer a Four-Letter WordWhat does it mean to be poor in America? Just as importantly, who decides how poverty is defined? Let’s start with the dictionary. According to the professional word-wranglers at Merriam-Webster, poverty is “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” Even in the supposedly neutral arena [...]
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Calif. Residents to Gov. Brown: ‘Lift Families Out of Poverty’  It was the day before taxes were due – and more than 200 people gathered outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles with a message about priorities for the state’s share of those public dollars. In fact, they had several messages: Public money needs to be invested in schools, communities and safety [...]
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