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    Rubio: States, Not Washington, Should Lead Anti-Poverty Programs

    Florida senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) wants to see the states, not Washington, manage more of the programs directed at helping low-income Americans. “I am proposing that we turn Washington’s anti-poverty programs – and the trillions spent on them – over to the states,” the Florida Republican said in a … More

    CHART: Paul Ryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming Welfare, Fighting Poverty

    In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty. “With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that … More

    New York Times: Census Bureau’s Poverty Measure "Flawed"

    In September, the Census Bureau reported that 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty, a steep increase from the previous year’s report of 43.6 million. However, in a New York Times piece yesterday, journalist Jason DeParle and colleagues assert that “most poverty experts” would call the Census Bureau’s measure “flawed.” … More

    Increasing Numbers of the Poor: Why Government Anti-Poverty Programs Have Failed

    The recent release of the Census report on an upsurge of the number of Americans in poverty will almost surely be used to justify a spike in funding for federal anti-poverty programs. Yet after decades of increased spending on failed government anti-poverty programs, why should we expect a different result … More